Exercising For Emotional Health
As you build movement into your everyday life, you will begin to notice many changes in your body. You will notice changes in your appearance as your body slims down, your muscles become more defined, and you burn more calories. You may lose enough weight to require a different pant size. You may see body structures (cheekbones, clavicles, ribs, curves) that you have not seen in some time. Your body will feel stronger and you will have more energy to do the things you need to do each day.
As you move, you will become more in touch with your body and be more aware of your muscles. You’ll begin to feel more flexible and you may find yourself more capable of running up a flight of stairs without losing your breath. The more you move, the easier it is to keep moving.
As all of these physical manifestations of your exercise plan begin to appear, you may also begin to notice changes. You may notice that you are often in a better mood, that the stress from work isn’t getting to you as much, that you don’t feel like sitting around and watching TV at night because you have too much energy to sit still.
You may like the changes you are seeing and feel more confident about yourself. You may even find that you are comfortable putting away some of the baggier clothes you have been wearing in exchange for that revealing sundress you were keeping in the back of your closet or the sexy swimsuit you haven’t worn for three summers. You may even feel more flirtatious, more outgoing, more amorous with your partner.
The emotional benefits of exercising are nearly as amazing as the physical benefits. Not only is there scientific proof that exercise can improve your ability to concentrate and stave off depression, but more and more research is correlating exercise to increased self-esteem, emotional stability, reduced anxiety, better stress management, and improved mood. This is in addition to the benefits of exercising to lose weight and prevent diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer. There is even evidence that regular exercise can help you sleep better at night.
If you are feeling irritable, angry, or sad, your initial reaction may be to eat something. Eating to resolve emotional issues is a habit many people rely on. However, the latest research shows that while emotional eating is extremely detrimental to your health, exercising helps by causing your brain to release mood-altering chemicals into your brain that make you feel happy, positive, and energized.
There is no denying the emotional benefits of exercise. Not only can moving improve your overall health but it has a powerful emotional affect on you as well. The physical and mental benefits of exercise feed off of each other, giving you more and more reason to continue exercising and feeling better about yourself. Before you realize it, your increased exercise will bring about a happier, healthier, thinner you.
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