We’ve written before about how the mind and the body are linked, and you can see from other pages on this site how we believe in a strong link between the two. Lots of people might see this as a little bit strange, but mindset and how healthy your mind is can help with your fitness levels and overall health.
And vice versa.
Exercising regularly can help reduce any unwanted stress on your body and quell any anxiety you have about different areas of your life. If you really want to banish some of those demons and live the life you truly want to do then read on for some more information.
Physical activity can help with your mind and thoughts usually after exercising and can help you control certain negative thinking for days (weeks or months if you can form the right habit).
Doing physical activity can naturally control and level out your cortisol and insulin levels by regulating other things in your body to positively affect them. These are significant hormones used in everyday living and can help you fall into a deep sleep.
Exercising regularly, whether doing a little bit more or having clear focus in local health and fitness coaches or a gym in Preston, will help keep your mind relaxed and in a positive state. There are certain endorphins that are produced when you complete fitness sessions and you brain loves these as they bring a sense of accomplishment and calm to it. This means your brain and body look forward to those good feelings the next time.
How much exercise is ideal?
We’re told by lots of the media and the NHS that 30 minutes a day is ideal. Now, that doesn’t mean to say that you need to go to the gym every day, and we’d actually advise against it. What is best is to be “active” for 30 minutes each day and then go to the gym 3-4 times a week and complete a reasonably demanding workout routine to last 30-45 minutes.
The reason why don’t recommend that you go every day is that it’s just unnecessary and you’ve already got a life to live. Plus, you do need to give your muscles time to recover and going to the gym more often can actually have more of a negative reaction on your body and state of mind.
You don’t want your mind to form what you’re doing into a negative habit, as that’ll have a dramatic impact on your well-being and thinking.
How can you be more physically active?
There are many different ways. Yes, fitness sessions are one, but there are lots of ways outside of the gym where you can help yourself:
- Walking the dog in the morning
- Walk the children/grandchildren home from school
- Dance for 10 minutes to your favourite tune
- Walk faster on your way to the train station
- Use your lunch hour to take a walk or go for a swim
- Skip the lift and take the stairs
- Join a local exercise class
Being more active will bring more clam into your life. That’s how things work. Also, you’ll see quicker improvements when you concentrate on the things that you like about the exercises that you do too.