Exercise... Today's New Prozac
Exercise, in general, can have many emotional benefits, but a good dose of cardio has the most powerful impact on your mental state. If you are a cardio enthusiast , you know the feeling – before your get your heart rate up you may have felt tired or stressed about certain life events, then after you are finished you feel fantastic!
Our minds are very powerful. Our minds control our thoughts, attitude, and actions, which can often influence our physical health. Of course, any form of cardio is great exercise for losing weight and building your cardiovascular health, but it also has benefits to the inner essence of our being. Here's how:
1) Decreases Stress
Stress is a mental state of mind. No matter how you may hate to admit it or believe it, you do cause your own stress. When you allow the situations in life to affect you internally, you have given power to that particular situation by feeling stress.
Cardio allows you to focus more on your breathing and your body movement. The deep breathing soothes the feelings of fear and/or anxiety that are associated with stress. Exercise is like a release button to the stress that accumulates in your body.
2) Increases Self-Esteem
When you are exercising on a regular basis, your self-esteem slowly starts to increase. You start to feel good about yourself, whether it is the weight loss, weight maintenance, or the health benefits that you receive.
As you have the energy and endurance to exercise, it gives you a sense of needing to take care of your body, so you are less likely to eat foods that are not good for you, or partake in any unhealthy behavior. You see the benefits that exercise gives you, and you have a sense of pride and respect for your body.
3) Increases Feeling of Freedom
Exercising is a great way to feel free – free from all the challenges and obstacles that life sometimes delivers. When you are focused on your exercise, there is a sense of freedom. You can go as hard or as light as you want, and no one and no thoughts can hinder this freedom.
You automatically feel a sense of release from the demanding career, , nagging responsibilities, and looming deadlines. Even if for only a moment, you are free and in your own place of silence and calmness that is soothing to both your body and mind. Sometimes it takes physical activity to really quiet our minds – something that is not easy to achieve in modern society.
4) Decreases Depression
When you are moving your body and getting active, your brain automatically releases beta endorphins. Beta endorphins are neurotransmitters in the brain that are affected during depression. In depression, the neurotransmitters are not firing properly, and a feeling of overall wellness is decreased.
This is the reason why many feel an “exercise’ high” after a great workout. It is a complete feeling of peacefulness and happiness, as if all the problems of the day have actually disappeared.
So get started and get healthy......but first, check out this video from WebMD and find your target heart rate so you can get the most out o your exercise.
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