Most people want to improve their lives, but they don’t know how to start. Physical fitness may not be at the top of the agenda, but it should be. Deciding to exercise can improve your life in more ways than just being physically fit. Fitness improves physical, mental, and emotional health, and it can lay the foundation for better relationships with others and with you.
- Physical Health
Most people start exercising to better their physical health, and it works. People can maintain their mobility and vitality for longer by exercising a few times a week. Exercise boosts immunity, so those who exercise regularly also have lower risk of diseases like diabetes and heart disease. While physical health is a primary concern, when people exercise they see their overall health improve.
Stress is necessary, but excess stress can be a destructive force. Exercising regularly minimizes anxiety; those who exercise also have lower reaction to stressful situations. They are also more likely to kick the bad habits that cause their stress. Stress has mental and emotional impacts as well as the obvious physical ones, so it would be wise to channel ill-managed stress through exercise.
- Emotional Health
Exercise will helps with improving body image, and while this may be a physical benefit, people are emotionally attached to their bodies as well as physically. Improved body image does wonders for confidence. Additionally, exercise releases endorphins (feel-good chemicals); exercise boosts mood, and it wards off depression. Exercise lessens negative emotions, so for those who find negative feelings overcoming, they should implement an exercise routine.
- Mental Vitality
Regular exercise helps to counteract the deterioration of the brain over time. When people exercise, blood flow to the brain increases. Physical activity (particularly aerobic activity) improves cognitive function. Regular exercise can strengthen memory and decrease odds of developing dementia (like Alzheimer’s). Mental fitness is as much a concern as the physical, so accomplishing fitness goals first thing in the morning aids your thinking throughout the day.
Issues with sleep are prevalent, particularly for people who live more sedentary lifestyles. Exercise is a natural remedy for insomnia, and quality of sleep is increased with regular exercise. Exercise decreases the need for sleep aids and the time it takes to fall asleep. The quality of sleep affects the quality of the day ahead. Sleep time should be respected, just like the time it takes to exercise.
Problems in relationships, not just romantic ones, could result from any of the more personal issues listed above. People get stressed, in bad moods, in poor health; they get caught making bad decisions day after day, and these decisions affect our relationships. In intimate relationships, regular exercise can make sex feel better (and more possible). Exercise makes the body stronger and increases stamina. (Additionally, for men, exercise helps with erectile dysfunction.) In all relationships, exercise can help by putting you in a better mood and changing the way you think.
Fitness isn’t a top priority for everyone, but exercising regularly leads to making better decisions in your everyday lives. Improving your fitness doesn’t just improve your physical, mental, and emotional health; being fit isn’t just about having less stress and better sleep. Fitness improves your relationships with others, but most importantly, it improves the relationship you have with yourself.