Physical fitness is the body’s adeptness, to resist, recuperate, and acclimate to strain from a variety of occurrences. Conversely, in other definite meaning: The ability for the body to recover from encounters that elevate above normal resting status, and resume homeostasis. So, being physically fit is essential in the overall structure of our health.
This framework is for many parts of the body to include: the heart, bones, skeletal muscles, blood cholesterol levels, immune and nervous systems. As we age our lifestyles change based on how we feel physically. So, the more inactive we become can lead to unhealthy dieting, compromised immune systems, and low serotonin and dopamine levels.
Let’s take a moment and look at how important serotonin and dopamine can affect mood and guard against mental health disorders. Serotonin and dopamine are chemicals in the brain that are inherently occurring which helps your body move more fluidly, keeps your mind sharp, and helps you resist depression and mood disorders.
A regular exercise routine can increase serotonin levels in even older adults. This acts strategically as a natural antidepressant and can also reverse the aging brain. Dopamine is crucial for awareness, initiative, and goal orientated activities that make you feel good. Illicit narcotics such as cocaine and amphetamines, as an example, increase dopamine levels. The problem is these substances are highly addictive, harmful, and are not naturally occurring.
There is a direct correlation between a sound body and mind. Our mindset can determine how we handle stress and being physically fit gives us a sense of well-being. A regular exercise program can have an overpowering effect on anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Furthermore, it also enhances memory, assists with better sleep, and increases happiness. Physical exercise also can act as a powerful remedy for several customary mental health roadblocks.
It is important to realize that you do not have to be obsessive about exercising to harvest its benefits. Studies have indicated that even modest amounts of exercise can make a difference.
To live in harmony and be aligned in our mental health, physical fitness can act as a catalyst as already seen. It is also important before you start any new forms of physical fitness to check with your doctor before you begin.
As earlier stated we can see how important healthy serotonin and dopamine levels are. It’s not just beneficial for the body in a physical state but almost more crucial in our mental and physiological health.
When it comes to physical fitness, I will admit that I’ve fluctuated with my workout regimes my whole life. Consistency has always been my nemesis and I’ve often used the excuse that I’m just too busy to include exercise in my day. The funny thing about using this excuse is that whenever I do find time in my day to exercise, I gain so much more energy and find myself accomplishing that much more!
I fully understand that not everyone is a “gym” type of person. In fact, when just starting out, working out around other physically fit individuals can be quite intimidating. Not to mention, adding the time to drive to and from the gym adds time that you have allotted to working out every day.
How about the physical benefits to incorporating exercise into your daily life? Well according to mayoclinic.org, there are seven primary benefits that not only give you more energy, but actually add to the longevity of your life.
- Exercise controls weight
- Exercise combats health conditions and diseases
- Exercise improves mood
- Exercise boosts energy
- Exercise promotes better sleep
- Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life
- Exercise can be fun…..and social!
So with all this being said, my goal is to educate you on different ways to get moving and have fun while doing so! Not to mention, exercise is a valuable piece of living a holistic lifestyle and ultimately living your best life ever. No worries – we can start out slow and easy and as long as we are moving and grooving, all is well in our happy lives.
Remember stay positive and always praise yourself for even the smallest of accomplishments!