Exercise for a Relaxed Mind

May 29, 2019 | Body and Mind | 0 comments

Exercise for a Relaxed Mind

 

Between working full time, running a household, completing errands and chores, finding time to exercise is not always easy. But truly, it should be on top of our list – because it is for our own benefit.

 

Why exercising is important for a relaxed mind

 

Exercising is so important in many ways; it is a fundamental part of a healthy lifestyle.

How can you find time to exercise?

 

It is not easy to put this on top of our lists, I failed when I first started to find time to exercise. But even if I can only squeeze in 30 minutes, I feel much better about myself after having exercised.

 

Let me tell you how the mind and body benefit in many ways from simple daily exercises. It is well known that exercise can lead to an improved physique. However, exercises can also improve the function of the brain as well.

 

Exercises release endorphins. These are neurotransmitters that create a sense of euphoria and alertness. The production of stress-hormones like cortisol decrease with exercise. Simple exercises can help to regain control over life.

Equipment or gym memberships are not always needed to get fit. These everyday activities are enough to live a healthier life. Every exercise should be viewed as an opportunity to strengthen the mind and body.

 

 Which kind of exercises?

 

Walking Outside

Walking is the simplest form of exercise there is. There is little thought that goes into walking and the activity does not feel like a chore. A walk outside every day can alleviate stress and add years to life.

 

A walk outside promotes more neural activity in the brain. It is believed that blue skies help to relax the brain. The fresh air that the brain receives from outside promotes circulation. Improved circulation can increase cognitive abilities.

 

Hiking

Hiking offers an opportunity to get in touch with nature. There is a strong connection between the human body and the natural environment.

 

The human body is supposed to be neutrally charged. However, contact with any surface besides the bare ground creates a negative charge. This charge accumulates over a lifetime and does not leave the body until it encounters an opposing charge.

 

A hike can help to relieve those charges. When you walk on the ground with your bare feet, this displaces the negative charge. As a result, the sinuses clear up, energy increases, and immunity improves. The body must be neutrally charged to maintain optimal health.

 

Yoga 

Yoga and meditation are commonly practiced around the world. They are best known for their healing and relaxing effects on the body. Yoga uses a variety of techniques to improve breathing.

 

In fact, many of the symptoms related to stress and anxiety can be alleviated with improvements in breathing. Anytime the body releases stress hormones, the parasympathetic nervous system activates. This results in rapid breathing. If breathing can be controlled, then feelings of stress and anxiety become more manageable.

Another benefit of yoga is increased confidence. Yoga focuses on the development of the core muscles. Improvement of these muscles can lead to better posture. There are many reports that correlate a strong posture with confidence.

 

Weight lifting

Weight lifting can increase the production of testosterone. This hormone is known to inhibit the production of cortisol and regulate hormonal levels. The body also releases a surge of endorphins during a vigorous exercise.

Weight lifting improves physique. This can help to create a greater sense of self-esteem for some people.

Discipline is a key aspect of weight lifting. The discipline that is gained from weight lifting can make other tasks much easier. Thus, the benefits of weight lifting can transfer to any aspect of life.

 

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Making it a routine

Starting any exercise routine is a matter of just starting it and finding the right schedule that fits you. It took me a while to figure out how much time I can easily fit in, and stick with it. I only work out every other day, this is what fits my lifestyle and my schedule.

 

You don’t have to become the fitness super Star, but I believe every little count’s, no matter if it is Yoga, Hiking, Walking or whatever you choose, it is always better to move than to sit and be a couch potato.

 

Let’s get exercising.

Keep positive and live happily.

 

Petra Jackson

Petra Jackson

Life Coach & Mentor

Thanks for following my journey through improving life by discovering inspiring tips to de-stress, have a relaxing day, make good nutrition choices and just enjoy life!  My goal is to share a little bit of what I find beneficial, interesting or just plain cute and fun!

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