Exercise and the Mind

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Exercise not only benefits the body but the mind as well.  When you are physically active for a period of time (20 to 30 minutes is a good start) the body releases endorphins; chemicals in your body that make you feel happy – that feel-good factor.  Many people love this natural ‘high’ they get from being active as you can’t help but feel energised and positive.

Reduces Stress Levels

We all have a certain amount of stress in our lives, but too much ‘bad’ stress is unhealthy and can lead to high blood pressure, headaches, anxiety and lower your resistance to sickness.  Being active provides a natural way to release tension in the body and will often lead to a state of relaxation that naturally follows a good workout.

Kick the Blues

An increasing number of people in this fast paced world suffer from anxiety and depression which can cause feelings of sadness, desolation and isolation, even though we may have caring family and friends around us.  Exercise and physical activity is an important component to help relieve or reduce the feelings of depression and anxiety.

Builds Confidence and Self-esteem

It is widely known the benefits of exercise – weight loss, increased fitness levels, reduced risks of diabetes and heart problems etc. However, it also boosts our self-esteem. As we get fitter and healthier we feel better about ourselves and in turn our confidence increases, boosting our self-esteem. You  feel strong and empowered and this shows that you are committed to living a healthier lifestyle.

Put simply: exercise makes us feel good. When we feel good, we have a more positive attitude towards managing the challenges that arise throughout our day to day lives.

There are so many wonderful, exhilarating and enjoyable forms of exercise out there. Check them all out and find the one(s) that give you that Feel Good Factor!

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