Excercise transforms mind and body
Exercise does more than just build strong fit bodies. It can change the way you see the world, relate to others, feel a about yourself, process information, and deal with daily stress. When you decide to change your body, you may not have planned on...
Exercise does more than just build strong fit bodies. It can change the way you see the world, relate to others, feel a about yourself, process information, and deal with daily stress. When you decide to change your body, you may not have planned on feeling more confident, driven, happier and less stressed, but these added benefits are sure to change you on the inside as well.
When I first began as a personal trainer, I was in pursuit to change bodies, and help people become fit and active so they could physically do what they love to do. These women were like the quiet girls in the corner, shy, unsure why they chose to step out of their comfort zones and into the gym. As I watched progress unfold over time, I noticed how a few particular women were just holding themselves differently, talking about pursuing job promotions, and exuding a sense of confidence that was not there before. Exercise was changing them on the inside, and these rose buds started to open up and bloom. It was evident in many areas of their lives.
That was my first taste of success as a trainer. It wasn't so much that these women attained their goal, or that they had the perfect body, but rather they seemed happier and more excited about life. That is why I love what I do.
Physical strength can often give you mental strength. When you see what your body is capable of achieving, your self-confidence soars. Exercise shows you what is possible when you put effort into meeting your goals. Every day that you exercise, you become stronger, and you see the results over a short period of time. You are able to lift more, workout longer, all with less effort, and you start feeling like you can do anything.
Learning to improve your self-confidence can help you meet your goals and achieve more successes in life. Having confidence helps you take on challenges, focus on your goals, and take risks. Without strong self-esteem, you are more like to take a passive approach to your life, to make excuses for not getting after your goals, and become apathetic about your future.
Exercise releases feel-good chemicals in the brain like dopamine and serotonin and it helps regulate stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. So yes, going for a walk or run when you are stressed or upset is a great thing to do! If you maintain regular exercise, it will help you relieve stress and anxiety, which will help you relax and focus better. Knowing you are not overwhelmed and fully in charge of your own feelings and actions, will guide your own success.
Mood, memory and learning
Exercise feeds your brain! According to studies, even a brief 20 minute aerobic training session improves memory and information processing in your brain.The additional oxygen, nutrients and hormones released through exercise improve overall functioning. Feeling energized, alert and an increased ability to concentrate are all added bonuses.
Exercise helps you feel better mentally and physically and prepares you to achieve your goals. Achieving small goals builds confidence in achieving bigger goals. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and achieve greater things.