Working out is one of the secrets to living a happy and healthy life. A lot of people begin their workout journey for their physical attributes. They either want to lose weight, gain weight, lean out, or bulk up. Of course, whenever anyone wants to change something about their body, normally, working out is the first thing on their “to-do” list.
What a lot of people don’t know or understand is the mental benefits exercising brings to the table. It’s hard to explain when you don’t see these benefits for yourself. To put in the simplest phrase, “When you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you look good”. No one ever leaves the gym saying “I regret that”.
It’s amazing how just a twenty-minute workout can brighten your day. You feel disciplined, you feel productive, you did something for you! Your body releases endorphins when you get active so it’s almost impossible to not feel even just a little bit better. That’s why one thing exercise is absolutely fantastic for is stress.
Have you ever felt like you have so much to do that your mind is going a million miles per hour? It may sound silly, but when that happens, plan to go for a run or even just a walk outside for twenty-minutes. Take a step away from reality by putting music in your ear and taking twenty-minutes for yourself. You’d be amazed once you realize that you actually just help yourself calm down.
It comes down to the fact that working out is a form of self-care, just like any other daily regime you do for yourself. Skincare, mouth care, hair care, working out, they all have the same common ground: Taking care of yourself. Getting the body you want is nice, but getting the mind you need is even better. In order to truly be happy and love others, you need to truly be happy and love yourself first. So do yourself that favor of making yourself feel good, feel productive, feel disciplined, feel accomplished. According to Benefits of Exercise: Medline Plus, exercise helps you control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease, helps manage your blood sugar and insulin levels, helps people quit smoking, helps keep your thinking, learning, and judgmental skills sharp, strengthens not only your muscles, but your bones as well, improves your sleep, and increases your chances on living longer.
There’s a reason people become addicted to their fitness journey, so don’t be too quick to judge. Maybe someone is addicted to fitness because it helped them get over a bad addiction to someone else. Maybe that girl you see wearing really small spandex is proud because she lost fifty pounds. Maybe that person who seems like they don’t know what they’re doing, don’t, but they showed up for themselves and that’s what matters.
People start their fitness journey for a variety of reasons, both physical and mental. The hardest part for almost everyone is starting. If you want to see a change in yourself, you have to change your mindset about something. So do yourself that favor and start being active, giving some time to yourself, taking that step away from reality. No one ever regrets doing something that benefits themselves.