My blog post, “3 Ways Exercise Helps Fight Against Depression and Anxiety”, was one of my most popular blog posts since this site began (if you have not had a chance to read this post, you can check it out here). I have had many requests to write more on this topic, so today I wanted to give you guys a quick part 2!
Exercise Distracts you from your Worries
When you do the correct type of exercise (especially weight training) your mind has to focus in order to complete the task. For example, if you perform body weight or strength training exercises, your attention will be on your technique as well as the sets and reps you are performing. When your body is busy, your mind will be distracted. Many people admit that while they are exercising they forget many of their troubles and worries.
Exercise Increases Self-Confidence
It is very fulfilling to witness your strength and/or endurance levels increasing. It is also a huge confidence boost when you start to notice new muscles showing up that you never knew existed or see your waistline shrink for the first time in years. Your triumphs will increase your motivation and will translate to other areas of your life.
It Can Either Be Your “Me” Time or a Time to For Comradery and Friendship Building
Many of us lead very busy lives. We may have work all day, or kids to take care of, or both. Exercise can be your excuse to get away and have some alone time to better yourself. On the contrary, it can also be a way to building life long friendships and comradery. Joining a recreational sports team or having a training partner can be a great relationship builder and become great personal time.
TIP: Don’t forget to take a little time out of your day for yourself. It is very important to get a chance to recharge your batteries. Exercise may be exactly what you need. Time for yourself does not necessarily need to be time by yourself. Call a friend and head to the gym or go for a run together. As long as you get away from the stresses of the day you will feel much better.