What are the non-physical benefits of exercise?
When we think of exercise, we often just picture the physical benefits – flattening that tummy, losing weight, or creating muscle definition – but working out can be one of the most important decisions you make for your own sanity, as well as the sanity of anyone you share your home with.
In my time running online health and fitness challenge groups and working with countless people who joined the groups only giving thought to the physical benefits, it never gets old for me to ask about what kinds of non-physical benefits they have found through committing to exercise after only a couple of weeks.
Here are some of the most recent responses to that question in this month’s challenge group:
– “Having more energy, bonding time with my husband, keeping up with the kids, feeling better all round”
– “Makes me feel less stressed, gives me more energy and increases my self esteem/confidence.”
– “I think my big reasons were increased energy, self esteem and confidence. It’s also a big time stress reliever for me too. And being a good role model for my girls.”
– “More energy for sure was a big one for me. I feel more confidence too.”
– “I love the effects of happiness, satisfaction and confidence!!”
– “Energy energy energy!”
– “Helps with self-control – the meal plan, the short recovery times and the recommended DVD structure all help me to stay in check and push beyond my comfort level.”
– “Holding a conversation while walking up the stairs at work.”
– “Stress relief, energy, higher self-esteem, “me time” as a very busy SAHM, bonding time with my husband when we have the chance to workout together, being able to think more clearly, and just feeling good about actually being able to do something positive for myself instead of always being focused on my family and others.”
– “For me it’s boosting my mental health, reducing stress and making me feel happier and better about myself!!”
– “I feel better about me, I have more energy, I am a better mother and wife, I’m in better mood, I feel more confidence and feel good that I am doing something for me for a change, I am being a role model to my family and friends, I’m having people that I inspire them, I am stepping out of my comfort zones, I am happier, I’m eating better, I have the satisfaction of a job well done…I could go on and on!”
– “I’ve noticed better moods, self confidence, controlling addictions to foods and soda and many others!!!”
Who wouldn’t love to have these kinds of benefits??
Why do you exercise?? Tell us in the comments below!