Working out: How does that work out for you?
One of our articles already mentioned mental health and its importance in our daily lives. And although it is a crucial element to take care of, so is our physical health. Today, we’re discussing the importance of physical activity as a source of benefits for our other responsibilities. We’ll see how a healthy body leads to lifting our moods. We’ll also discover the deeper implications of sport and how it helps us set goals for ourselves. And finally, we’ll be introducing another new experience on our platform, which you’ll be interested in if you plan on improving your physical activity.
A healthy mind in a healthy body
We often hear this latin phrase – Mens sana in corpore sano. But what does it exactly mean? Initially found in a poem by Juvenal, it is the first phrase in a list of what is desirable in life. According to most people today, especially in the athletic world, it basically means that a healthy body is very tightly connected to psychological well being.
While this can seem abstract at first glance, there’s actually stuff happening very concretely when we work out. Indeed, during exercise the body releases hormones called endorphins. They are then analyzed by receptors in the brain which triggers a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
Regular exercise has been proven scientifically to reduce stress, as well as anxiety or feelings of depression. It also improves sleep and has the capacity to boost self-esteem. Working out also regulates the secretion of cortisol, which is a hormone related to stress, but also used to control mood and motivation. It is thus very important to keep control on the effect of this hormone on our daily lives. A healthy physical lifestyle is then recommended to do just that. However, it’s obviously not enough. If we combine this to good nutrition (make sure to check our article about food), mental stability and meaningful experiences, it can truly be life-changing!
Ambition is key
As mentioned previously, sport can be a great background to a healthy lifestyle if combined properly with other elements. But it doesn’t stop here. Physical activity itself can help us connect deeply with ourselves and with other people. It is a great way for one to set objectives for themself. Hard work and discipline can lead us into going beyond our limits. Motivation can take us to achievements we never thought we could even reach.
It is evident that consistent training makes you stronger and improves your performance through an ascending learning curve, no matter what the sport or discipline is.
What about competition?
Competitiveness is thus a great asset to have in our toolkit no matter the situation. If the activity is individual, then the competition is against ourselves. Going further or faster and beating our own records are truly sources of great reward and motivation to do even more. When the activity is collective, sport reaches its quintessential meaning. Teams create an extraordinary bond wrapped around a common goal. Each individual is thus essential to the synergy of the team, in order to achieve results that are greater than the sum of its parts. Gravitating towards a common objective also teaches us humbling values such as solidarity, dignity and respect.
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How about you? What does sport bring to your personal life? Do you have any tips for people who would like to reach better performance goals? Get in touch with us at email@example.com or in the comments below!