There are many benefits of exercising: healthier life, increased muscle mass, more energy, and many more physical benefits. However, many people don’t often talk about the tangible emotional benefits that regular exercise can bring into your life. Emotional health is crucial for our success in life. It helps us perform better in personal and professional relationships. It can help us be better performers and work. It’s also true that having emotional health can lead to a longer life. Here are three of the top emotional benefits of regular exercise can provide you.
Increased Cognitive Function
It’s a proven fact that even the healthiest of people will suffer from a general slow-down of overall cognitive function simply do to the aging process. Scientific studies have shown that exercising regularly actually has a positive, lasting effect on the brain’s hippocampus. This is the part of the brain that is responsible for human memory and its function that slows as we age. People who exercise also have the ability to better retain new information that they receive on a daily basis.
More Self Confidence
Regular exercise naturally leads to confidence. First of all, you gain confidence from having a positive “check off” on your routine of goals. Second, you naturally feel your body is in better shape, even from the simple exercise of a daily walk. These things both give you a more positive self-image, leading to more confidence.
Exercising in the morning gives your body that natural boost of serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine to boost your overall mood as well. You will surely feel the benefits of those chemicals through greater confidence as you move throughout your day. This can lead to greater productivity at work or in other activities you do. The better you feel, the better your relationships, job performance, and quality of living will be.
Exercise has been proven to help increase the overall blood flow and circulation in the human body. This increased blood flow actually allows the oxygen in our body to carry a higher oxygen flow and more nutrients into the body’s muscles. The end result will give that person the benefit of maximized energy levels and levels of alert. It may sound counterintuitive, but increased energy levels during daytime hours actually make for a better, more restful sleep during nighttime hours.
Additionally, people who have positive energy levels and quality sleep are much more likely to choose foods that are healthier for them and to not indulge in things like smoking or excessive drinking that will drain them of that positive energy they have garnered.
Some people who suffer from chronic pain may also be able to replace visits to a pain center with physical activity. Exercise can help keep your joints healthy and your muscles strong. Your new ability to go through your day without pain will increase your energy and allow you to do your activities without worry.
These are just a few of the ways that regular exercise will give you emotional benefits. It must be mentioned that exercise also has many physical benefits. The way that they overlap can combine to a healthier, happier version of yourself that will make you glad you put in the effort to exercise. Starting an exercise routine can seem overwhelming at first, but once you start feeling the benefits, you will crave the emotional and physical feeling it brings.