Exercise and physical activity should be playing a key role towards keeping the body strong and functioning correct. However, it isn’t just physically that our training can help with. We also know that exercise has a major impact on psychological well being and making us feel happy – but more importantly we can also look at the lifestyle effects exercise has.
Exercise tends to have huge benefits towards our workplace performance. When we work hard and achieve our goals with our body, this instills a greater mindset towards work and results. This means we are also more likely to work harder and achieve more results in other walks of life, such as our job. This means not only are we making ourselves look and feel great, we might also be able to earn more from our job as an indirect result of working hard and staying active because our mind is in the right place.
Another way exercise can help to improve your life is through stress management. This doesn’t mean we have to train in a gym or in a specific way to in order to relieve stress. For example, we have clients who find training with weights a good stress reliever, whilst others enjoy boxing as a form of stress relief.
Exercise might also help boost your immune function and protect you from illness. Some research highlights that doing physical activity can boost the immune system and ensure that we are less susceptible to the common coughs and colds1. This means not only are we looking and feeling good on the outside, the exercise ensures we are feeling good on the inside too!
This is why exercise shouldn’t just be used as a quick approach to looking and feeling good – but should be included as part of a long term strategy to improve your health and wellbeing.
- Gleeson, M., 2007. Immune function in sport and exercise.Journal of applied physiology,103(2), pp.693-699.