Kick Start a New Way of Thinking
So we’ve all heard the saying ‘a healthy body is a healthy mind’ but how true is it, and should we be trusting that which was originally laid down by our forefathers? Particularly when you think that over the course of history we have believed the world was flat, that intelligence was subject to the shape and size of your head, and that your gender had an influence not only on your ability to learn but also your capability to ‘sin’. However, on this point I think they might have actually got it right.
There are various studies which have gone some way to proving the connection between positive thinking and exercise. So why should being physically active have such a positive effect on your overall well-being and attitude to life? Well, let’s have a look at some of the suggestions that have been placed on the World Wide Web.
Sweating out Stress
As pleasant as it may sound, physical exercise gives you the chance to release all the pent up anger, angst and stress that has been building up inside. It offers you an outlet for your emotions in a way which is positive as opposed to those which are classified as negative i.e. punching a wall or having an emotional breakdown.
So if you are having a stressful day at work then heading to the gym could give you that positive boost that you never thought was possible.
Kick Start Your Positive Mind-set
Never mind getting rid of stress, apparently physical exercise is meant to help you to become better at dealing with stressful situations. It has been suggested that by being physically active, you are better able to deal with situations as and when they arise. So pumping iron or sweating it out on the cross trainer really does have some perks besides that of a toned body.
There are many reasons as to why this happens. One reason is the adrenaline high you get from being physically active, and that overwhelming feeling of accomplishment which occurs after having done some physical exercise, gives you the extra boost of confidence within yourself to handle any situation which is thrown your way.
You may think that this positive mind-set is all in your head, but actually when you do exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which a study at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation proved to induce a feeling of happiness and lower our perception of pain.
Although being physically active won’t stop you getting the odd cold here and there, it will decrease your chances of getting high blood pressure, heart disease and the likelihood of getting diabetes and it is this which can affect your mental outlook.
Having colds on a regular basis or having more serious health problems will understandably affect your mental outlook. Even if you’re a naturally positive person, illness can quickly deteriorate your mind-set, increasing your levels of anxiety, depression and stress.
Yet if you do a little bit of exercise here and there, you may find that you are better equipped to deal with the situation, even if it’s a casual stroll round your local park, or a brief swim in your local swimming pool.
As you can see, being fit and healthy really does induce a healthy mind-set that looks on the positive side of life. So, why not give it a try yourself?
This article was written by Gayle Brown on behalf of The Swimming Pool Store; a professional and reliable supplier of effective swimming pool chemicals.