5-Mental-Benefits-of-Exercise-265-Point-Total-FitnessWe all know that exercise is good for us. You can improve your endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as improve your health through lowered blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and a decreased risk for heart disease.

However, the benefits of exercise extend beyond your physical health. Here are five mental benefits of exercise:

1. Decreased Stress

Physical activity is an effective way to deal with stress and anxiety, and no medication is needed. Movement helps with reducing tension in your muscles leaving you feeling more relaxed than before your workout. Your brain can sense the relaxed feeling in your body, so you feel better and less stress.

2. Better Sleep

Regular exercise can help regulate your body’s daily rhythm. Physical activity keeps your body’s internal alarm clock in check, making you feel sleepy at night and more alert during the day.

3. More Clarity

Exercise causes your brain to release chemicals linked to concentration and memory. This chemical boost in your mind can help you pay attention and focus.

4. Increased Self-Confidence

When you get into a regular workout routine, your body begins to change. Your clothes start to fit a little bit loser, you lose weight, and you just feel better. When you feel good in your body, you create a boost in your confidence.

5. Improved Mood

Rather than sitting around thinking negative thoughts, exercise can help shift your attention away from these thoughts to something else. As you work out, be aware of your actions and keep your focus on the movements of your body. This mindful approach to your workouts acts as a moving meditation.

To experience all the benefits that exercise has to offer, you may be surprised to find out that you don’t need to commit to hours and hours of activity every day. Something is better than nothing. However, you will get the most out of your workouts if you’re able to build a consistent habit of exercise.

265 Point is ready to help you reap all the benefits of exercise. Contact us today to get started. Change your mind. Change your body. Change your life.