BENEFITS OF FITNESS & EXERCISE ON MINDSET
What is mindset?
Before we go into the benefits of fitness and exercise on mindset lets first look at what mindset is.
Simply put mindset is a way of thinking, a set of attitudes held by you. It is what you think and believe that shapes your habits through thought and action. It is these habits that affect your thinking, feeling, and your actions. Your mindset has a massive impact on how you see the world and make sense of it and how you make sense of you in relation to the world and as an individual. Also, related very closely to mindset is beliefs and attitudes so let’s take a quick look at what they are: –
“An attitude is a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behaviour.”
Your attitude determines how you feel about something or someone, your attitude is shaped by your mindset and it also reinforces your mindset.
A belief is “An acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof.
Your belief can stem from you being certain about something, which in turn will stem from an idea which stems from a thought. The more reference points you build throughout your life the more your belief is strengthened and the more your beliefs are strengthened the more they shape your attitude which in turn shapes your beliefs which shape your mindset.
There are different types of mindset such as the fixed, growth or entrepreneurial mindset and it is this that determines what it is you do throughout your life. If you have a fixed mindset, you think that qualities such as talent is a fixed trait whereas if you have a growth mindset, you believe you can develop your abilities and that the gifts you have are just the starting point. From this starting point you can then develop these gifts and abilities to become something great through dedication and hard work. It is important to have a growth mindset as it will help you grow into the person you are supposed to be by opening you up to your true potential.
What are the benefits of fitness and exercise on mindset and the brain?
So now that we have more of an idea on what mindset is let’s look at what the benefits of exercise and fitness are on mindset and the brain.
You probably know the benefits of exercise on your physical body such as improving cardiovascular health, building muscle and achieving the physique you want but how many of you know the benefits of exercise for the mind?
It doesn’t matter what age you start exercising or what level of fitness you have, you could be someone that just goes out for a brisk walk to a marathon runner you will still boost your brain function by being active, exercise has some serious benefits to mental health and mindset. Not only can it help with your mindset but exercise can help you lead a healthier, happier life overall.
One of the benefits most of us can benefit from is a reduction in stress levels when you exercise. Getting your heart rate up a little can help you manage mental and physical stress and it also promotes the release of a chemical called norepinephrine that helps control your brains stress response and allows your body to be able to deal with any existing mental tension a lot easier.
Exercise also helps boost the feel-good hormones called endorphins which basically does what it says on the tin and makes you feel happy and even creates a euphoric state, this is why there are some doctors that now prescribe exercise for people suffering with depression. Exercise can in some cases be just as effective as antidepressants or sometimes even better than pills which can have other adverse effects on the body. The great thing about exercise is that you do not have to do it in a gym if you are not comfortable with it, instead you can do it outdoors or even at home and it will give you an instant boost, so this is even something you could fit in at lunch time if this is all the time you had to spare.
If you want a confidence and self-esteem boost then exercise will do this for you too, it will also help you to have a more positive self-image and therefore improve your perception of your self-worth. Being outdoors and exercising can increase the self-love factor even more so with the added boost of increasing your vitamin D production which again will decrease the symptoms of depression and improve your mood and help you to feel good.
Exercise has another very positive benefit in that it helps to reduce and in some cases, prevent the decline of your brain function. Now we all know that as you get older there is that chance that things could get a little unclear and you may start to forget little things. This could progress to diseases such as Alzheimer’s which kills of the cells and also kills off the brain cells, but what if I was to tell you that exercise can actually help to reduce these effects even if it cannot completely reverse the degeneration process. This is because it helps the brain release chemicals that support a part of the brain called the hippocampus and prevent its breakdown, it is the hippocampus that is important for learning and memory. With this there is also a boost in your brainpower when you exercise because it can help your brain create new cells which will help to improve your brains performance overall. This is because your workout can help your brain produce more protein which is specific to the brain only. It is this that helps with you making decisions, learning and retaining information. It also helps to improve your memory by increasing the production of cells in the hippocampus. This is not only good for adults but also for children and a child’s level of brain development is linked to their level of physical activity.
You also benefit from being able to relax and sleep better due to your body’s core temperature being raised while exercising and then dropping at the end of the day signalling to your brain that it is time to go to sleep.
Most importantly you benefit from being able to be more productive and get more done throughout the day, have more energy and an increase in your creativity.
Why do these benefits matter?
All these benefits matter because they not only help you have a positive outlook on life but also a positive mindset. With this the results can reach further than you could imagine because you will inadvertently inspire others but also the change people will notice in you even if you do not notice it yourself will amaze you.
To summaries when you exercise the body releases chemicals and hormones, it is these chemicals and hormones that help you feel good. Exercise also helps you have more energy throughout the day and sleep better at night, which will help you be more productive throughout the day and when you are more productive throughout the day you feel better within yourself.
When you are physically fit, you tend to be clearer and sharper mentally and the rate of mental decline is reduced.
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