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Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Emotional Side of Exercise

People begin exercise programs for many reasons including weight loss, reducing blood pressure or cholesterol and controlling diabetes. However, there are many non-physical reasons to exercise.

Often times, those who exercise consistently for more than six months speak about the psychological and emotional aspects of working out. It is these benefits that help motivate many people to make a lifetime commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Short-term benefits felt immediately after working out include feeling more energized and alert and less stressed. Long-term benefits include reduced symptoms of chronic stress, depression and anxiety and improved self-confidence and sleep quality.

Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly have a more positive outlook on life and are happier in comparison to the inactive population. The combination of increased self-confidence, decreased stress and depression and better moods can benefit every one's mental state.

Taking advantage of the physical and psychological benefits of exercise enhances the quality of life and contributes to the balanced development of spirit, mind and body. In order to achieve total body health, include activities and habits that promote all three.

Next time you are thinking of skipping a workout - remember the spirit and mind benefits. Less stress, more energy, improved mood and better sleep are great motivation to exercise for a lifetime.

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