5 ways exercise will make your life better
You probably don’t need reminding that one of the best things you can do to stay healthy and vibrant (and lose weight, if that’s a goal) is to exercise. But I’ll say it anyway: Science shows that to whatever degree you can add movement to your life—no matter your age, size, shape, or abilities— your health will benefit significantly.
Being active (in whatever amount of time you have) also has many benefits that are not calculated in numbers, for instance, your mood, confidence and thought process changes for the better. I am all too familiar with the numbers obsession of the scale when it comes to exercise. Almost every client I coached seemed to encounter this and regardless of what that number read, they were never truly happy.
It’s a complete mind shift of what we’ve been told to believe…that the number on the scale = self worth. It’s just NOT true, the scale is only ONE of many health indicators. Once we understand that exercise should be about the WHOLE (mind, body & spirit), then we start to see and feel released and more motivated.
I had a client say “It wasn’t until I tossed out my focus on the numbers that I genuinely started to understand, feel, and appreciate the many benefits of exercise.” She found that staying active (and trying to eat well most of the time) not only keeps her in good shape (and able to keep up with her kids) but equally important, makes her feel powerful, joyful, and more in love with her life.
Here are five ways exercise will make your life better. Let them inspire you to keep moving.
- It’s a natural mood booster
Exercise helps alleviate symptoms of stress and depression. Exercising reduces the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, in your body and releases the body’s ‘feel good’ chemicals called endorphins, which enhance your sense of wellbeing.
- Exercise can redirect your energy in a good way
Ever have a tough day, you decide to take a break and do a workout, and the minute it’s over you’re like, “Whoa, I needed that!”
We’ve all been there! Exercise is great at helping to shift your attention from a negative to a positive mindset. It provides a positive distraction that can redirect your energy and make you feel good (thanks to those previously mentioned endorphins). Working out allows you to enjoy a little ‘me time’ in a healthy, productive way.
- Crushing a tough workout will lift your confidence and self-esteem
Regardless of the number on the scale, it feels amazing to know that you are taking steps toward leading a healthier lifestyle. Make a point to acknowledge performance-based achievements like improved strength or greater endurance to see how far you’ve come.
- Fitness fosters social connections
Exercise creates an opportunity to socialize in safe and healthy ways, and connect with people who have similar interests whether in person or Online. These bonds not only help you stick to your regimen by creating accountability, they often lead to deeply supportive friendships that go well beyond the workout.
- It might give you superpowers! (For the rest of your day)
As soon as I start moving my body and breaking a sweat, I automatically feel this release and a wave of calm and empowerment. It’s like I can will my way through anything that comes my way. That mental aspect is so important for me to get through my days.
I hope this helps to motivate you and keep you inspired to keep your head up and focused on your overall well-being for a greater enjoyment of your life!
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