Exercises have numerous benefits to offer. It cannot only help a person lose fat or gain some muscles but can also contribute to enhancing their levels of fitness. But did you know that exercising can also improve your positivity so you can see things from a much better perspective?
According to research, when a person engages in physical activity such as exercising, neurochemicals are released, and these make the brain cells energized and eliminate any negative thoughts. The outcome is a clearer mind and a happy outlook on life ahead. Read on to know more about how you can get started with some exercises.
An enjoyable exercise, especially to those who are fond of water activities, is the swimming workout. Anybody can do this, but it is more advisable for women who are pregnant and those who have problems with their joints, especially in the knee and hip areas. In general, swimming helps train your lungs while improving your heart’s function in enduring more substantial forms of activities.
The most obvious mechanism through which cold water swimming (CWS) might improve mental health is in its effect on our stress responses. In brief, learning to cope with the extreme stress of cold water immersion may fast-track improvements in our ability to cope with all of life’s stresses. — Sarah Gingell Ph.D.
Loved mostly by the male population, basketball can raise one’s basal metabolic rate, cardiac rate, and improve muscles and bones. Before you delve into this type of contact sport, make sure that you get clearance from your physician, especially if you have special joint conditions. This is also applicable if you happen to have an implanted pacemaker.
This is one of the most exciting exercises that you can try. If you love socializing with other people, it is best to take up some dance classes and have a good time! Dancing is a form of cardiovascular exercise that can help you lose weight while pumping your bloodstream with endorphins. Sports doctors claim that dancing at a vigorous pace can burn about 360 calories an hour.
Spend some time in nature, or at least take a walk to clear your head of negative energy. — Janeen Herskovitz, MA, LMHC
When you exercise, you have to make sure that the activity is at least slightly more difficult than what you are used to. Instead of going for a long walk, why not step up your game by going fast for short bursts of time? This will not only train your feet to walk quickly but will also aid in enhancing your cardiovascular endurance.
Jogging is a much more difficult progression of brisk walking. When you go out for a jog, make sure that you are wearing comfortable clothes. Using the right type of footwear will also help you improve your exercise experience without giving you a sore set of feet right after. Also, make sure to do some warm-ups and cooldowns while you are at it. Don’t forget to hydrate adequately to prevent dehydration and electrolyte loss.
If your physician did not allow you to jog or to do brisk walking because of problems with your hips and knees, biking would provide you with similar benefits that the former exercises can give you. You may go for a conventional bike or a stationary bike to perform this type of activity.
I would argue that biking is more than just a great physical, easy-on-the-joints, exercise, as it is much more than that. It is an opportunity to awaken your sense of adventure and freedom. — Mirsad Serdarevic Ph.D.
Perhaps, starting off with exercises may not be your cup of tea. However, it does not mean that because you do not initially like it means that it cannot help you in any way. If you are having a hard time establishing a habit, you may seek help from people that you genuinely trust so you will eventually be accountable to them in case you do not feel like performing any exercises for a given day. In the long run, this will help you improve your adherence to your regular workouts.