Updated: Apr 26
So, how can there possibly be a stress that is good for you? You don’t need any more stress, right??
The stress of exercise has so many benefits! Not just physical, but mental as well. Putting stress on your body through exercise can take the stress off of your mind. Here’s how physical exertion can help you:
1. Clears your mind
If you have a lot on your mind, there’s nothing like a good workout to help clear it. Exercise forces you to focus on the movements of your body and let go of the things that are cluttering your mind. This shifting of your focus from your mind to your body has been shown to have similar benefits as those of meditation. It can help calm you down and relieve the stress of all of the problems that are weighing on your thoughts.
2. Work through problems
Sometimes, whether it work, relational, or situational, we find ourselves in the middle of a really big problem that we have to solve. Studies have shown that taking breaks from trying to solve these problems can actually be beneficial, and exercise is a great way to take a break. Your brain is always working – like a computer that has several tabs open. Even if your mind isn’t completely focused on solving the problem, your mind will still work on it in the background and you may come up with solutions that you may not have otherwise though of!
3. Releases endorphins
Endorphins are your brain’s natural stress relievers. This is a chemical that is released in the brain to help you manage stress and pain and when you exercise, endorphins are released into your system. Once released, these can give you a great sense of well-being, decreasing depression and anxiety and increasing your self-esteem.
It may seem counterintuitive that putting stress on your body physically can relieve a stressed mind, but science has shown this to be true. Even moderate amounts of exercise, 30 minutes a day, 2-3 times per week, can greatly improve your quality of life.
If exercise is new to you and you’re wondering where to start, I’ve got you covered. Check out all the blog posts on www.momgetsmoxie.com to give you a good starting point. Or reach out to me and schedule a consultation and some online coaching sessions! I’m here to help you along your fitness journey and reach goals you may have never thought attainable!