You may think working out is only for those who have a mind to get buff and want to show off a trim, fit body. Think again. No matter who you are, if you have your doctor’s go-ahead for working out, you can benefit in ways beyond the physical.
Psychological Benefits of Working Out
Most Americans are stressed out to one degree or another. The constant bombardment of breaking news stories which usually contain gloomy information at best, along with the daily stressors of life in general, take a toll on your wellbeing.
You may have problems sleeping and concentrating. Your eating habits may be affected; you may be eating too much, too little or unhealthy foods, to deal with the stress. You may even be experiencing some signs of depression. Working out can help bring balance back into your life by lowering your stress levels.
Depression, anxiety and overall stress is reduced when your body has a good workout. Chemicals released during exercise have a positive impact on your brain, producing a sense of well-being. You feel more energetic and your mind seems to work better as the cobwebs are cleared out. You’ll sleep better, too. With less tossing and turning, you’ll experience a more relaxed and restful sleep.
Difficulty coping with issues can become an issue itself when you are facing emotional or mental challenges. You may feel like you have a short fuse, or you may feel like resorting to self-medication to feel better. Alcohol, drugs or other negative behaviors may seem like viable options for calming the nerves and relieving the stress. Those choices can actually do more harm than good and won’t necessarily give you the relief you seek. Working out, on the other hand, does only good things for your body and your brain.
Coping with the negatives in life through exercise improves your resilience. Not only does it boost your natural immune system, but it also helps you make better choices, calms your nerves, and for some, maybe as effective as antidepressant medication.
As you can well imagine, when you have more energy, a clearer mind, and a brighter outlook, you are going to be more productive at whatever it is you need to accomplish. This will also lead to greater self-esteem and self-confidence, not to mention that the accomplishment of sticking with a workout program will help as well.
The Gym MPLS is here to help you achieve your workout goals. Whether you do a few short sessions every day or go the route of add weekend warrior to get your workout in, we are always willing to give you the support you need to reach your workout goals. We offer one on one training as well as group training. Contact us for more information and start getting the benefits of a great workout.