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Working Out is Not Just For Your Body

 

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Goals are the reasons life keeps moving, and existence is boring if not meaningless without them. However, it is not easy to achieve every goal. The tougher the goal is, the greater the motivation that you need in order to attain them. Workouts and healthy eating are believed to be two pillars for fitness, and a fit body and mind makes attainment of goals easier.

Release of endorphins

A standard exercise session is known to help in the release of endorphins, the neurochemical that occurs naturally in the brain. According to sport and exercise psychologist J. Kip Matthews, these are natural painkillers for the body. The chemical helps the mind and body to cope with pain and makes one feel better in mood. Proper release of endorphins is one of the keys to mood management, and it is no wonder why fit people are found to be more focused about their objectives and motivated about their life and goals.

Proper hormonal levels

It is well known that regular exercise keeps all the essential hormones of the body properly balanced, such as the adrenaline and thyroid hormones, which manage all the physical functions and keep the physical and mental health in proper condition. People look and feel better when these hormones are properly balanced. They have better concentration, improved memory and smarter thought process, all of which are important for daily functioning. Dr Mark Hyman, M.D, stresses that exercises such as dance, weight training and even long walks can reduce PMS and other issues in women.

Better appearance

It cannot be denied that a better physical appearance makes one feel confident about going out and making an impression. This is a big reason why corporate employees hit the gym more frequently before big presentations are due. When you look better, you feel more confident about yourself and can make a better impression on other people. This can have an immediate as well as long-term impact on your goals. People can have a more positive view of your personality and what you have to say. You can have that magnetism, confidence and charm to influence people wherever you go, and build important contacts on the way.

More positivity

It has been generally acknowledged that we are what we eat. The right foods can have a direct impact on your health and make you feel more positive about yourself and your situations, even on the worst of days. A well-balanced diet comprising of fruits such as avocado, orange, tomato, apple etc, leafy green vegetables such as spinach and cabbage, whole grains, herbs like ginger and turmeric and healthy beverages like Aloe Vera juice can provide your body with Vitamin C, manganese, zinc and other important minerals and vitamins essential for good health. These make you feel more positive, allowing you to have better ideas and the good health to actualize them. Dr Mark advocates doing away with alcohol consumption, as it increases cancerous risks.

More discipline

Sticking to a regular diet and exercise regimen can bring a disciplined approach in your entire life. You will begin to view life with more seriousness, and become more focused about your personal and professional objectives. Discipline is important for the achievement of any objective. With strict adherence to an exercise and diet plan, you can habituate yourself to a disciplined approach in life.

References:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/13/health/endorphins-exercise-cause-happiness/

http://drhyman.com/blog/2015/08/14/how-do-i-naturally-balance-female-sex-hormones/

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression#1

- XOXO, Wasidah

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