Benefits of Exercise You Cannot See in the Mirror

Many people begin an exercise program to get in better physical shape. “I want to look better and feel better” are the words I hear all the time. But appearances are not everything; exercise benefits the mind and body in ways that no prescription will. These are benefits you cannot see in the mirror. Twenty minutes per day is all you need to reap the benefits of exercise. Of course, if you make it 30 or 45 minutes, the benefits are even greater.

Reduce stress. One in ten adults in this country suffers from stress and anxiety. Any form of movement from yoga to walking to weight lifting can reduce stress by releasing tension in your body. So choose an activity that best fits you and your lifestyle. Side effects of exercise are much better that potential side effects of prescription drugs for stress and anxiety.

Improve health. Regular exercise can help prevent and manage many health conditions including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, some cancers, and arthritis. Again, prescription drugs for every health condition has potential negative side effects as well as high costs.

Elevate mood. Exercise releases chemicals in the brain called endorphins which can stimulate feelings of joy and pleasure. This is why people tend to feel happier and energized after a good workout. I had a student in class yesterday inform me she came to class grumpy, and is leaving with a smile!

Increase productivity. Studies have shown that working out before work can improve productivity and boost your energy for the rest of the day. I have many students and clients who tell me they have more energy and sleep better at night due to exercise.

Fall in love with fitness. When you find physical activities that you love, you will be more motivated to work out consistently, and the rewards will be even greater. Before you know it, you will be hooked on fitness and wonder what took you so long!
For more information about finding the activity that works best for you, contact me (Janet Hunt) at 256-614-3530 or I can refer to many activity opportunities in the Athens area.
By: Janet Hunt
Janet Hunt is a Certified Personal Trainer and can be reached at 256-614-3530 to schedule an appointment.