Exercise is not just about staying healthy it is also a tool you can use to increase your chances of success.
You may already be focussed with clear goals and you are now working as hard as you can to achieve them, however have you ever thought about how much better it would be if you could maintain your energy levels for longer, feel great about yourself, sleep better at night and also protect yourself against burn out.
Studies have show that exercise can improve your mental health, in fact it gets similar results to CBT therapy. Also exercise can be used as a useful adjunct with conventional drug treatment for conditions like anxiety and depression.
Not only is exercise a beneficial treatment for mental health problems, it has also been proven to have a protective effect against future mental health problems particularly stress and ‘burn out’, which as we know is an all too common problem in people pushing themselves to the limit.
“If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong”. ~Thomas Jefferson
Exercise is a release from the days grind, your mind switches off, and with regular exercise stress and anxiety levels are decreased, with this there is also a proven gain in confidence and self-esteem.
When exercising chemical endorphins and other feel good hormones are released in your body, your metabolism increases, blood pressure lowers and Muscle tension is reduced post exercise. Additionally the ability to relax is increased after exercise and evidence shows even sleep is improved.
Socially exercises helps us find companionship especially in team sports and group activities, it helps you build relationships and friendships, in our lives we can then use this peer and social support to help motivate us to reach our goals.
Giving yourself milestones in exercise (and reaching them) helps you build confidence and gives a clear feeling of self achievement and control, these positive feelings then increase your general positivity, confidence and self-esteem.
During exercise a ‘Flow State’is typically reached, flow is when you are completely involved in an activity for its own sake, when you forget about everything else, and when you are fully engrossed by what you are doing. Being immersed in exercise most importantly gives you a break from the daily grind.
I will leave you with a simple quote that sums up this whole blog about exercise in a nutshell, it was originally quoted over 2500 years ago.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear”. ~Buddha