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Exercising For Mental Health

Exercising For Mental Health

There are obvious implications of the physical benefits of exercise. It is recommended that people do at least thirty minutes of exercise each day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Although one factor of the benefits of exercise sometimes goes unnoticed. This article will talk about the mental health benefits that come along with exercising regularly.

 

Reduce Stress

 

Exercise is a great way to get away from the mundane day-to-day activities and focus on yourself for a period of time. When you exercise you release endorphins into your body giving you a feeling of accomplishment and ease that your body craves. Exercising not only reduces the effect of mental stress but also the physical effects that stress has on your body. Exercising can reduce tension in your body giving way to a plethora of aches and pains that could occur if you did not exercise.

 

Memory Improvement

 

Research suggests that exercising regularly can help sharpen your memory. The same endorphins that are released to reduce stress can also help you retain more information. Working out can increase the production of cells in the hippocampus and improves overall brain power in the long run. So, if you are stuck on concepts for your new business, go for a walk and see what kind of clarity it brings you.

 

Self-Confidence

 

Your workout routine will help you gain confidence almost immediately.  There is the initial release of endorphins as mentioned earlier, that will make you feel great, but over time the results of physical exercise will improve your physique. Your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth will all be affected by your regular workout routine. The improvement in self-confidence could result in even more significant improvements and opportunities down the road.

 

Cognitive Decline

 

Physical exercise can help reduce the rate of cognitive decline. As we age, our brain’s become smaller, especially if someone is plagued by Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Exercise can help fight off these diseases and reduce the rate of cognitive decline as well as improve memory and focus. A good pairing of physical exercise is a healthy diet. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help you fight off disease and improve a variety of aspects in your life.

 

There are significant improvements in all areas when exercising. Physical, mental, and emotional health are all directly affected when incorporating exercise into your weekly routine.

How To Start Going To The Gym (Even If You Don’t Want To)

How To Start Going To The Gym (Even If You Don’t Want To)

Ok, so your New Year’s resolution about starting to go to the gym didn’t work out as you planned. Some studies suggest that eighty percent of people drop their resolution by February. If you are one of the people that fall under that eighty percent, do not worry! This article will help you find a way to get yourself to the gym, even if you don’t want to.


Establish Your Goals



What is it that you want to get out of working out? Before you set foot in a gym, it is vital to identify the purpose of you exercising. Be as specific as possible with your goal. If you are unsure what your ultimate goal is then pick something that you want to be better at. Whether you want to run faster or become a better swimmer, the motivation behind your workouts is crucial to you sticking to your plan.


Start Small



You want to avoid going to do a workout with high levels of motivation. Although in your mind you believe you can lift all of the weights, your body may be saying something else. Motivation is good and can be helpful in your workouts but not before you form a habit of exercising regularly. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, start slow and understand that showing up at the gym is more than half the battle. Also, understand that starting “small” may mean different things for different people. Try not to think that you need to do exactly what the person next to you is doing. Go at your own pace and soon it will become a lifelong beneficial habit.


Expect Failures



There will be times during your fitness journey that you will slip up. It is inevitable and is natural for someone who may be just starting to go to the gym. If you miss a workout or have a cheat meal, do not be discouraged. What makes a workout plan successful is someone who gets up after they have slipped. Accept that you have had a setback and continue working on your fitness goals to form them into lifelong habits.


Positivity



It is easy to focus on the things you have not achieved yet. Stray away from thinking that you are required to be at a certain point along your fitness journey. Everyone moves at their own pace, and you ultimately decide how much you put forth in your efforts. Focus on things you have accomplished so far, as little as they may seem to you. You are one step closer to reaching your goals. The best thing to do is to keep on keeping on.

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About Halim

Halim Wise has served as Vice President of Global Human Resources at Time Warner Inc. since 2010. When it comes to his extensive career in HR and business functional areas, he has never backed down from a challenge — be it creating new training programs, improving employee communications at all levels, or driving change in difficult financial times. Halim approaches his personal passions with the same vigor, and he created this blog to share his favorite experiences and insights into fitness, parenting, financial planning, and more!

Although he’s a fitness enthusiast, Halim is the first to admit that getting fit (and staying that way) may seem intimidating, so he takes an approach that’s at once motivating and practical. His mantra is “start slow, but start nonetheless.” He also emphasizes the importance of nutrition when it comes to getting fit. It may feel daunting to track what exactly you’re putting into your body every day, but with the rise of apps like MyFitnessPal, most of the work can be done for you — resulting in a more mindful and productive lifestyle.

Halim is also an avid traveler, both for work and for recreation. A native New Yorker himself, he considers travel one of the best ways for people — particularly Americans — to get out of their own bubble and see how other cultures live and what they value in life. Halim has traveled extensively through Italy (southern), South Asia, and South America, among other places. While each area offers its own perks, they all tend to have one thing in common: they all have incredible histories that still exist in one form or another today.

Along the same lines, Halim is passionate about civic engagement. A small town, a big city, or even a country is only as good as the people who comprise it, and it’s important to empower individuals and groups alike to consistently drive social change and progress. Halim seeks out ways to help underprivileged, uneducated, and disenfranchised minorities make good decisions and learn how to serve and meaningfully impact their communities. He has previously created fundraising campaigns for Achieving Leadership’s Purpose Inc. and plans to get involved in more organizations in the future.

A loving father, Halim has derived lessons from his experiences with ALP and with community work to further help him stay in touch with teenagers and young adults today. In today’s fast-paced, instant-access world, it’s important to find ways to empower young people to work for what they want. It’s also important to help them prepare for the future, especially in times of financial uncertainty, like many young people currently face. That’s why Halim is also interested in sharing advice on financial planning, whether he’s discussing investing, starting a 401k, or buying vs. renting.

For more of Halim’s insights on these topics, keep up with this personal blog. To learn more about his professional background and read his take on HR news and trends, go to halimwise.com.