Have you ever heard of endorphins? If you have, here’s a gentle reminder. And if you haven’t, here’s a fun fact. Endorphins are those “feel-good” chemicals released by your brains that boosts your energy and overall mood.
When you exercise your body and work out, your brain produces endorphins, which is why you leave the gym in a good mood or end a run with a runner’s high.
Not only does working out improve your mood, but it also improves your overall wellbeing! To learn all of the wonders working out does for your body, keep reading below!
Do you struggle to fall asleep or do you wake up multiple times throughout the night? One secret to getting a full night’s sleep is to work out. Getting aerobic exercise not only helps you fall asleep faster, but it also keeps you asleep throughout the entirety of the night and increases the time spent in a deep sleep.
This is important because it’s during your deep sleep cycles where your body repairs itself. So, invest in the best running shoes for women or men you can afford, plan out an exciting trail run, and hit the ground running so you can sleep like a rock every night!
Let’s face it, we need every ounce of brainpower we can get, especially when it comes to difficult projects at work or long-term papers in college. Physical activity boosts brainpower by increasing blood flow to your brain and overall cognitive functions. Maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit with cardiovascular activities such as running, biking, or swimming.
Need a buddy to motivate you to go the extra mile? There are numerous apps to meet people who have similar interests as you! This way, you’ll be able to achieve your goals while forming new relationships with people in your community.
Decreases Mental Health Illnesses
With mental health illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder on the rise, it’s important to stay on top of your mental health. As previously mentioned, working out boosts your endorphins and puts you in a good mood. Not only that but working out decreases mental health illnesses in other ways as well.
If you’re new to the gym or prefer working out at home, download a personal training app that will give you exercises and tips on how to get the most out of your workout. Doing so will improve your overall mood and even help you lose weight!
Increases Your Vitality
We have yet to find the Fountain of Youth. However, getting exercise is one way to increase your vitality and look younger than ever. Shock your classmates at your next high school reunion by getting your recommended 30-60 minutes of exercise a day. Lead a proactive life and take matters into your own hands by getting active.
Physical activity during your midyears will increase your mobility, which will allow you to continue to stay active and have your freedom as you age. Even better, if you continue to partake in aerobic activities, you’ll be able to maintain your cardiovascular fitness and metabolism!
Tackles Health Conditions
Lastly, working out help with your overall wellbeing by fighting health conditions. If you check your blood pressure monitor and notice it’s on the higher end of the spectrum, it’s time to get off the couch and get moving. Physical activity is a self-care habit that should never be put on the back burner.
To improve your overall health, try going on morning walks with your dog or bike to work! Here are some ways working out tackles health conditions:
● Decreases harmful triglycerides that result in heart attacks or stroke
● Increases good cholesterol and decreases high blood pressure
● Prevents diabetes
● Reduces chances of cancer, arthritis, and metabolic syndrome
● Improves mental health
Today’s the day to turn your life around and start a new chapter! Ready to improve your overall wellbeing? Start by working out and getting daily exercise to help your overall wellbeing.
If these 5 facts on how working out can improve your quality of life don’t motivate you to make a change, we don’t know what will!
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so lace up your shoes and head out the door and see what the world has in store for you.
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement. We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity questions in keeping with our theme.
Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
I have accepted that it is impossible to please everyone. I struggled for years to fit in with what I thought were the “cool kids,” but in the end I was unhappy because I felt I could never be my true self.
Today, I now accept that to be my true self, as an individual, means that not everyone will like me, and that I can’t please everyone. But I now understand that being myself brings to me the most fulfilling relationships.
2. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
I have learned to appreciate my family more, flaws and all. When I was young, my parents had a very busy life, and struggled to just make ends meet in our family. As a result, I became resentful that they never spent enough time with my siblings and I.
Now I appreciate them more, because they worked so hard for our family, and I am grateful now that I can have a stronger relationship with them as an adult and have a truly fulfilling relationship with them.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
The most rewarding thing I have ever done was when I decided to study abroad in Barcelona for a semester. I really felt like I broke out of my shell.
Being in an unfamiliar place where you can’t speak the language is difficult, but I gained so much confidence in myself that I can achieve my dreams in life. I still have a passion for travel. I would love to become a travel writer one day and circle the globe!