Exercise is the activity that requires you to use more energy and oxygen more than your daily use. It is considered exercise when there is change in activity that changes your heart rate or breathing or that is outside of the normal activities that your body does to keep you alive, i.e. a brisk walk or sprint. Psychological benefits refers to the benefits your mental and emotional state would get from the activity of exercise.
- Improves your mood – this is a result of the “feel-good hormones” being endorphins that react with your brain to change the way you think of pain.
- Improves your self-esteem – this comes with feeling better about yourself for working on your health and working to improve your body image.
- Pride in physical accomplishment leading to confidence – improvements and accomplishments in your training sessions gives you pride and confidence in what you can achieve physically and beyond into your daily life, challenging yourself more.
- Reduces stress – I’m sure most of you reading this have heard the phrase “blowing off some steam” and that’s what exercise does for you, also due to the endorphins mentioned above. Exercise makes you feel better or more positive about things going on around you.
- Improves discipline – If you can get yourself into a routine to improve your physical fitness and body image, it plays out into the rest of your life when you continuously improve and are disciplined in ensuring that you do exercise no matter what.
There are many things that you can look to do to exercise e.g. brisk walking or working out for at least 10 minutes can improve your health in the long-term. The idea is to consistently work hard and be patient with yourself in achieving your fitness goals. I have workouts that you can check out too, which you can incorporate into your lives in achieving these psychological benefits.