A lot of people use the gym to lose weight, get stronger and more toned physically. Although, working out has a lot of benefits for your mind as well. I know it seems a little cliché, but it is true! Working out is a great way to free any stress you have or problems that have been really difficult. Often times when we’re sad we isolate ourselves and want to stay in bed all day. Although it is okay to do that sometimes, working out is an excellent alternative. Exercising can remove physical and mental stress. It also increases levels of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain's response to stress.
Working out can also help improve your self-confidence, which is HUGE. Noticing little changes such as; toned muscles can be incredibly self-rewarding (at least it is for me!). How you look on the outside can often reflect how you feel on the inside. So, if you start noticing these little changes, it can really make a difference with how you perceive yourself on the inside.
Mental health is something that is becoming much more prevalent in our society. This is super important because although there is a focus to become healthy physically, we have to remember to take care of ourselves mentally as well. Working out is a step in the right direction. Sometimes things in life come up that we have no control over, and they can cause a lot of pain to ourselves. It is important to recognize that pain and try and find an outlet for it. Whether that be running on a treadmill, doing yoga or even just walking your dog...it can really help alleviate stress and anxiety.
So...try and remember this if you’re ever feeling down, because working out might be what you need to feel a little better.
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