Exercise for Emotional Well-Being
Exercise has long been known for its aesthetic and vast physical benefits. However, in the age of hyper-speed, the go-go-go mentality, the mass amount of distractions from social media, and beyond, exercise is more needed than ever from an emotional standpoint.
Let’s break it down:
Positive mindset- Exercise naturally boosts the release of serotonin and dopamine. These are endorphins that promote feelings of well-being and happiness that help improve an individual’s outlook on the world and themselves.
Improved self-esteem- Yes, you’ll probably trim down and tone up from regular movement, but even more the act of taking care of yourself plus challenging your body can increase your overall confidence and inner strength.
Decreased stress- While exercise is a “stress” on the body, it is a positive one. Movement works as a conduit to channel and release daily life stressors from the body, which ultimately increases your stress resiliency or ability to handle various loads of stress.
Increased mental performance- Heightened blood flow and various chemicals released during exercise boost brain performance by promoting neurogenesis or the creation of new brain cells, strengthening memory retention, increasing mental stamina, and stimulating creativity. In short, it allows your brain a break from life to recharge and be nourished by a flood of good chemicals.
Full body communication- Movement causes all aspects of your body to communicate with each other. Today, it is easy to sit all day and over-stress the brain even when we think we’re “relaxing”. Getting active urges your brain and body to communicate as well as get all aspects of your nervous system talking to each other.
I could continue, but the moral of the story is that no matter how busy you think you are, it is essential to create time to move and nourish your body before it’s too late. My goal as a Health & Life Coach is to make sure my clients are able to live a long and able life, so they can be independent for as long as possible.
If you are relatively new to exercise or have never felt fully confident going to the gym alone, let me offer a new perspective about how to approach your movement regimen.
Whether you are feeling tired & sluggish or able to conquer the world, there are different types of movement that can benefit both. This is not about having a strict routine where Monday is legs, Tuesday is back/chest, and so on! It IS about balancing your mental state and nourishing your body, which looks different for each of us every single day.
Think about your recent months and the different energies you’ve experienced. Jot them down to begin creating a Movement Cheat Sheet for yourself. Next, for which of these which types of movements would you be willing to explore?
For example, imagine the worst day of your cycle. What movement feels good to explore? Most likely not HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), but what about a walk outside or gentle stretching with light spinal twists to create space in your mid-section to ease cramping?
What about those days you’re stacked with back-to-back meetings and sitting in awkward positions all day? Or you’re feeling completely unmotivated and riddled with negative self-talk?
Ever feel anxious about an upcoming meeting or event? ALL of these benefit immensely from a little or a lot of movement depending on you and what will best compliment where you are to move you closer to where you want to be.
One step a day will move you closer to your goal than simply thinking about how one day you’ll go ham at it. Honor that slightly future version of you whose crushing your goals by beginning today.
Always rooting for you,
P.S - Want to learn more about balancing your emotions with movement? Check out this recent Facebook LIVE where I dive into it!