Of course, we all want that hour-glass figure and those really tight abs, but there comes a time when we won’t be as motivated as we once were when we first began our fitness journey. Maybe the weight hasn’t come off yet, or the delayed-onset muscle soreness is too much to handle. We might all come to a point where exercising doesn’t seem worth our time and energy.
I know other people have felt this and I have personally experienced those moments where I’ve wanted to quit. I hadn’t seen the results I wanted in MY time frame and I thought I was wasting my time.
However, once I learned how exercising was transforming my mental, and emotional health as well, I kept pushing. p.s. these benefits are JUST as important, if not more than that number on the scale :)
This one reason itself seems like the most important to me because I know how serious our mental health is. 300 million people around the world have depression, according to the World Health Organization.
On a chemical level, exercise releases endorphins, which are a type of chemical messenger in your body that naturally relieve pain and stress. Working out also stimulates the release of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. All of these chemicals are key players in regulating mood through your chemical processes. Meaning, when you exercise, your body releases chemicals that literally make you feel good, feel less stressed, and reduce anxiety.
Exercise also helps your nervous system become “unstuck” and begin to move out of the immobilization stress response that characterizes PTSD or trauma. Exercising regularly is also one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of ADHD and improve concentration, motivation, and mood due to the endorphins and other feel good chemicals that are released when you physically exert yourself.
This is one of my top favs!! Of course, seeing physical improvement makes you feel more confident. Not only do you feel better from seeing and feeling a physical change, but you also feel good from knowing you’ve set a goal of enhancing your physical appearance, and you’ve slowly achieved that goal with patience and determination.
As you increase your physical strength you will be increasing your mental health along the way. This in turn will impact those around you, and more people will be attracted to your positive, motivated and CONFIDENT personality.
When you’ve crushed a workout, and you look at yourself in the mirror what do you think? “DANG, I LOOK GOOD!” Yes, you probably do! But do you know what that confidence is doing to you? Improving your self-esteem. Being active will in turn lead to a more positive body image. This will make you feel more sexy, confident, and attractive. Guess what?? If you feel those things, YOU WILL BE THOSE THINGS! Those around you will see that and be attracted to it!
What’s more? Participating [in] and maintaining a regular exercise regimen that increases heart rate, breathing, and muscle activity can enhance performance and satisfaction.
As stated earlier, physical activity reduces stress and stress may kill the mood! Stress causes your body to produce more of the hormone cortisol, which over time can decrease your interest.
I am a victim of this last one! I always felt unmotivated and disinterested in completing tasks. Then I learned that regular exercise has been shown to significantly boost productivity. HOW??
Well, mitochondria are the POWERHOUSE of your cells. They produce the chemical your body uses for energy, which is ATP. Working out regularly stimulates the development of new mitochondria in your cells, which then results in your body being able to produce more ATP over time. This not only gives you more energy physically, it also boosts brain power.
I’ve personally witnessed how exercise has given me more motivation to accomplish tasks and be more productive. If you have felt this feeling too, feel free to comment down below with your personal experiences!
This one really hits home for me because I used to suffer from insomnia and I HATED how dark my under eyes were getting! Regular exercise helps you fall asleep faster and stay in a deeper sleep. This then means you will wake up feeling 10X more rested!
Working out early in the morning or in the afternoon will help you reset your sleep wake cycle. When you work out, your body temperature naturally rises, and as it falls later in the day, this triggers a sleepy feeling.
I have found out that working out right before bed, hinders my sleep cycle since it energizes me, but that may be different for you! Leave a comment down below if working out at night, helps you fall asleep better, I would love to hear your experience.
~ Blog Written by: Our newly joined Krista Cruz (Planting Seeds Team Member)
There are so many physical and non-physical benefits to regularly working out!
If you feel like it’s time for you to start your routine of experiencing all the positive benefits of exercise, then check out our workout programs! Getting on a routine schedule is such an easy way to start seeing results :)
If you have questions about what program is best for you or if you want to start a program but aren’t entirely sure where to start, send us an email! Erica@startplantingseeds.com (will respond within 24 hours!!)
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