Why Physical Exercise Is Great For The Mind As Well As The Body

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Posted April 24, 2013 by Guest Author
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We all know we should be a little more fit, and we don’t want to nag, but you really should try! It’s not just about keeping your body at peak performance. Yes it is great for a healthy body and for keeping the pounds off too. But your mind also benefits so much from physical exercise. It’s not just a myth – your brain really does release endorphins, known as ‘happy hormones’ when you exercise. These are essential for your well-being.

 

Exercise Speeds Up Learning

Physical exercise keeps your mind alert and makes you much better at learning things quickly. When you approach a task fresh from a bout of physical exercise you will be far more on the ball and the amount you achieve will be significantly higher.

 

It Brightens Your Mood

These happy hormones that fly around your brain really are something. They send a wash of happiness through your body which leads to much better moods and a far more positive outlook. We all know how it feels when we’re being a bit lazy – it’s easy to become sluggish and depressed and that is a very dangerous spiral to be on. Exercise keeps you motivated and upbeat. The more you do and the more you achieve the better you’ll feel about yourself so it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. And it all starts with getting your butt off the sofa!

 

It Relieves Stress

Modern life is pretty stressful. Without knowing it our bodies can become knotted up with the stresses and strains of life and unless we do something about it we’ll just get worse. A little exercise stretches the muscles and uses parts of your body that have been a bit neglected so get on the treadmill quick! If you’ve had a bad day or you are worrying about something, it’s the single most important thing you can do to shift the blues.

 

Self-Esteem Goes Sky High!

Exercising makes you glow beautifully! Your skin will get clearer, you hair will be shinier and you will lose a few pounds too! There’s nothing like feeling good to make you look good, and once you’re in the swing of regular exercise you’ll love showing off your new physique! You’ll be so busy collecting compliments you won’t have time to get down in the dumps!

 

You’ll Sleep Better

Sleep is the best medicine out there. A good night’s sleep puts a different slant on everything, and when you exercise your sleep quality goes through the roof. While you are snoozing your body will make sure it’s working as fast and as hard as it can to repair cells and heal your mind. You’ll wake up feeling amazing (and ready for another run!)

 

No matter what exercise you choose to do, combine it with some deep stretching. Stretching is awesome! Your muscles will love being stretched out and they’ll fall back into a more relaxed position. Regular stretching helps posture too so you can stand tall, look great and take on the world!

 

Fred Jones is a health blogger and loves to share his knowledge about different types of exercises. He is of the opinion that clinical pilates will benefit your body and help to stay flexible.