The Mind & Exercise Are Strongly Connected
There are many positive effects of exercise on the mind, including improved brain cell function, better information processing and enhanced memory retention. But your mental state can also affect your workout too. We take a look at what’s going on with your mind when you exercise!
1. The Power of Positive Thinking On Workout Performance
Apply positive thinking to exercise, and you’ll always achieve a great workout. Fitness experts believe that positive thinking helps you accomplish a harder workout, boosts your confidence and gives you a sense of achievement. So leave your negative ‘I can’t do this’ attitude at the door when you walk into the gym! Striders one-on-one personal training provides positive motivation as well as ongoing emotional support to help you achieve your goals.
Positive affirmations to beat negative thinking:
“I am in charge of how I feel, and today I am choosing happiness.”
“You’re only one workout away from a good mood.”
“Your body hears everything your mind says. Stay positive.”
2. Stress and Lack of Sleep Can Affect Your Training
When you engage in physical activity, your brain produces more endorphins and directs your focus away from the daily worries of the office. A workout can give you a feeling of zen-like calmness and also improve sleep quality. Good news for stress bunnies and poor sleepers!
But if you don’t workout regularly, stress and lack of sleep can affect your workout, leaving you feeling fatigued and craving junk food for energy. Striders warm, friendly atmosphere will encourage you to enjoy your workouts rather than dread them; we believe everyone can have a better quality of life through exercise and good nutrition.
Sleep and stress-busting affirmations to keep you on track:
“Let exercise be my stress reliever, not food.”
“Eat, sleep, gym, repeat.”
“Wake up with determination, sleep with satisfaction.”
3. Benefits of Exercise for Anxiety and Depression
When you feel anxious or depressed, exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing. But if you can manage just 10 minutes a day, even if it’s a brisk stroll around the block, you’ll start to feel the benefits. It is thought that regular exercise releases feel-good brain chemicals that help to ease the symptoms of anxiety and depression and can reduce them over time. Once you feel more positive, you can incrementally increase the amount of exercise you do. A Striders personal trainer will keep you on track and create a customised program of exercises to help you overcome anxiety and depression.
Anxiety and depression busting affirmations:
“Running is cheaper than therapy.”
“What seems impossible today will one day be your warm up.”
“Tough times never last but tough people do.”
Want to improve your mental health and reclaim control? Wish you could stop feeling so stressed out and worried about things that are out of your control? Talk to a Striders personal trainer today! We can help you get your life back on track.