Scrolling on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, we often come across trainers, fitness gurus, and influencers who emphasize the importance of exercising. While absorbing such content we may be convinced but it is the visual appeal of how they physically look and the attractive jogger pants and exercising clothes that they wear is what we pay the utmost importance to. Yes, there is no denying that exercising regularly does promote weight loss and with that, we tend to look in the mirror and feel more attractive; however, looking and appearing beautiful should not be the only reason why exercising should be considered significant in our everyday lives.
When we want to discuss matters such as feeling good about ourselves, positivity, improved self-esteem, and self-appreciation we must also mention exercising as an integral part of that. When you work out and physically keep yourself active, there are happy hormones that are released in your body. These happy hormones act as antidepressants that our body produces; some of them are endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin. These happy hormones aid us in feeling more productive, energetic, refreshed, and motivated to achieve certain goals in life.
Nesting such feelings of being inspired, ambitious, and determined also attracts positivity in our lives and helps us to look, work, and achieve better things in life.
How Exercising Beats Stress And Anxiety
There are many ways that exercising also helps to reduce and eradicate elements of stress and anxiety from our lives as well. Playing team sports, indulging in mixed martial arts, doing swimming, and even going on a short hike can help you get over your anxieties very well.
Your mental well-being is directly related to how your body reacts, and how your body is feeling affects your mental health well-being; so you can say it’s a two-way street, let us explain further. When you are stressed or if there is something in your life that is bothering you, then it is only natural that you might get consumed in that thought and you won’t be able to or won’t be willing to get up and workout or exercise. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with our problems that we don’t feel like doing anything at all; hence that stressful factor takes over our way of life and tends completely consuming us.
Now in such a state, you might feel helpless or out of control; but playing sports such as boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, such combat sports allow you to face your fears directly and teach you how to tackle them. With every punch that you deliver, every hit that you dodge and every game that you win, you will feel like your stress and anxieties are going away. You will feel better about your abilities and you feel in control.
Exercising also helps in making your physical self feel better by relaxing those tensed muscles and knotted joints. Being under stress for too long might even disrupt your digestive system, your ability to think clearly, leave you feeling acidic and lethargic. However, regularly exercising will even fix that!
Reasons Exercise Promotes Positive Thinking
Boosts Self Confidence
Being able to achieve a goal in a fitness journey, such as completing a set of pushups, running under a time limit, better stamina performance, and losing weight, will help boost your self-confidence and help give a boost in your confidence.
Exercising regularly even helps you to feel better about yourself as you begin to lose weight and start appearing more fresh and active.
Gives You A Goal To Work Towards
Exercising regularly will give a goal that you have to achieve in your day no matter what this will help you to keep going on, to keep improving, and learning new skills and techniques.
You Feel Lighter, Healthier, And Active
As you exercise every day you will realize that all your physical problems related to your posture, figure, digestive system, mental health, and neurological self will begin to improve. Consider your body as a machine that will become rustic and obsolete if not used properly and regularly. The improved blood circulation because exercising is actually like oil to our body that helps keep our joints and muscles working efficiently. Hence you should at least exercise for 30 to 40 minutes every day to help keep your body functioning at its optimum level.
Gives You Time Alone
If you’re incredibly busy almost all the time because of work, school assignments, or because you’re running a household, then you probably definitely need some time alone and you’re always looking for reasons to find some me time! Well, the best opportunity and excuse that we can give you is working out and exercising.
Take some time out to go for a hike, absorb nature, think, reflect and do a killer legs workout in the process!
Change into your running tank tops and go for a short run around your neighborhood and just forget about your duties and focus on just yourself.
Take up yoga classes, improve your breathing, improve your balance, and become more focused.
Join a mixed martial arts class, and learn new skills and techniques that will help you feel more in control!
There are thousands of ways that exercising can help you feel more positive about yourself and the world.
Helps You to socialize
If you end up joining a mixed martial arts class, take part in a team sport, join classes to learn swimming, or just go for Zumba; then trust us you will end up making a lot of friends and increasing your social circle immensely!
Yes, there is no denying that exercising regularly will help you feel better about yourself in many ways and allow you to lead a healthier life, but it cannot be substituted for professional medical help if you are suffering from a serious severe mental issue such as depression.