Guest writer: Cornish Maid. We are all aware of the physical benefits of exercising. Working out can help us burn calories, strengthen and tone our bodies, as well as improving our metabolism and heart health. But did you know that exercise improves our mental health as well?
Exercise improves mental health in many ways. Sometimes when a bad day at work has zapped all of our energy, the last thing we feel like doing is hitting the gym. But we know that if we manage to motivate ourselves to go, we’ll feel better after.
So, why is it that we often feel better after exercise? Queue geeky science bit, physical activity releases chemicals called endorphins, which have a positive effect on the body and brain.
Our physical and mental health are connected. It’s scientifically proven that if you exercise regularly, you’ll feel more energetic, relaxed and positive throughout the day. This doesn’t mean you have to go for an epic 5 mile run or spend two hours in the gym every day. In fact, even just 15-20 minutes of gentle or moderate exercise can make us feel good. Hello HIIT! But if high intensity training isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps you can try to combine gentle exercise with more energetic activities such as jogging, dance classes and cycling.
Working out provides us an opportunity to escape our busy lives, it’s a welcome distraction from the things that are making us feel stressed and anxious. Exercise allows us to focus on nothing but moving our body. In the digital age, we are constantly feeding our brains new information and it can all be a bit overwhelming. So, with that in mind it’s important to take time out to give ourselves a sense of clarity.
Even though we love to binge watch our favourite shows on Netflix, sometimes it can be difficult to sleep peacefully the night after. After working out, our body wants to rest and recuperate, and our mind will be ready to switch off. Another bonus is taking your workout outside as fresh air can also contribute to a better night’s sleep.
Setting yourself goals and pushing towards them can make you resilient facing. There’s no harm in starting slowly to ensure that you build exercise into your daily routine. Why not set yourself a goal to walk for at least ten minutes every day, or to try that new yoga or dance class? Another way to stick to your goals is exercising when you feel most energetic. Choosing to take charge of your exercise schedule provides you with a sense of purpose and boosts your self-confidence.
Exercise plays a huge part to becoming a healthier, happier and more confident you. So what are you waiting for? Get that body moving and buckle up for an incredible endorphin rush!
Travel and lifestyle blogger, Laura Easlick, is the writer behind Cornish Maid Blog. Laura loves to share her beautiful life by the sea in Kernow, featuring her favourite childhood beaches and hidden coves. Reach Laura by her Instagram Twitter and explore her lovely countryside.
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