Working out can help work it out—whatever that “it” may be. Take the stress you’re experiencing to the gym, and see what a little sweat can do for your mentality.
There are countless benefits to hitting the gym and doing some cardio, but exercising isn’t just about the physical advantages—there’s mental ones too. Working out can be a great time to spend some time alone, pump some music, and some iron.
Devoting a chunk of time towards exercising can be difficult, but it doesn’t need to happen on the daily. Try dedicating 2-3 days per week towards exercising whenever it fits into your schedule. Working out doesn’t mean going to the gym, dedicating at least 30 minutes to getting your heart rate up through running or lifting weights is beneficial regardless of where and when it’s done.
So, let’s talk about the benefits. Listed below are a few changes you’ll start to notice once maintaining a fitness regimen.
Just as Elle Woods says, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins makes you happy. And happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” When working out, these chemicals interact with the brain and help reduce mental suffering. In return, a mood boost is common as your body is working off built up stress and releasing these happiness boosting chemicals.S
Aside from losing weight, simply building muscle and improving your shape can undoubtedly build confidence. Consistently working out over a period of time will build stronger muscles, and you’ll feel better after noticing the changes.
Starting your day with some physical activity helps focus your mind and prepares your body for action. You’ll also feel more energized. Increasing blood flow while working out helps oxygen travel to your muscles, and it beats that morning grogginess.
This is an obvious, yet important one. Maintaining a regular workout routine can help your immune system stay in shape and ward against sickness. Don’t over-do it though—listen to your body and know when to take a break or else you could still get sick.
Challenge yourself to pickup a new fitness regimen, or stick with your current one. Staying motivated and healthy along with just feeling good about yourself is one of the best ways to take care of yourself despite the stress of life.