My previously post on this subject of exercising was on the key health benefits of exercising. Indeed, the popularity of exercising as a medical advice stems from the many accompanying preventable health implications of Obesity which has unconsciously sold the notion that perhaps, slimmer people don’t need to exercise. This is not entirely correct because weight loss is only one out of any other huge benefits to exercising. In fact, a more realistic approach would be to use these other short term benefits of exercising as ‘carrots’ incentives to persevere into attaining a major weight loss goal which is really a long term goal.
Lifestyle improvements that come with exercising
1. Develop and improve on Self-Discipline
Though this is not obvious when you look at the mirror, I dare say that self-discipline is one of the greatest benefits of exercise. It trains you to withstand stress, helps to break bad habits, and strengthens will power. Eventually, self-discipline is expressed in every area of your life.
So if you thought you had no reason to exercise, I believe now you must have found one, and if you were considering giving up, you have the drive to press on. Remember it is not a day’s journey. These benefits are got form persistence and consistency.
2. Boost your self-confidence by Exercising
Regular exercise doesn’t only make you look good; it makes you feel good as well. Exercise boosts confidence and eases anxiety.
When you exercise, you feel good. Not only does exercise increase your attractiveness, thereby, giving an additional boost to your self-esteem, but exercise also directly fights off depression.
Depression is related to low levels of certain neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine. Exercise however, tends to increase the concentration of these neurotransmitters and also stimulates the release of endorphins. The unique property of endorphins helps to ‘make you feel good’ and its said to have actions that resemble opiates in their ability to block feelings of pain.
3. Better Work Performance
Being on top of your game at the work place is a reflection of good mental health. It’s been proven time and time again that physical exercise is one cheap and easy way to quickly get some energy for the mind. The medical explanation borders on the release of certain hormones in the brain. Anyone who has ever broken out in sweat with fast breathing from an attempted shot at physical exercising knows that feeling. This spurs mental alertness and anyone desirous of better performance in the workplace knows the value of being ‘sharp’ in the mind. The stamina gained from exercising is an added advantage that helps to boost balance and coordination too. An outstanding proof was aptly demonstrated in this practical study (pdf) on students that showed much better performance.
4. Build tangible Relationships
Think of what exercising with a partner can do for a relationship, whether it’s with a spouse, a sibling, or a friend you’ve been trying to do something fun with. Exercise is always more fun when there’s someone to do it with. People who have exercise partners stay with their programs and reach their goals more often than those who try to go it alone.
In so many ways engaging in exercise can help to create, build and strengthen relationships. You get to meet new individuals at the basketball court, football field, gym, or even get to know who your neighbors are as you jog along your street.