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Fitness and Mental Well-being

We all get ourselves down to i-motion gym for a lot of different reasons…. Achieve those fitness goals, whether that is essential weight loss or maintenance, or for more specific goals, like to accomplish those Abs for your summer holidays, strength for your next competition or race. But fitness is also about mental wellbeing and it may surprise you just how much it helps us on a daily basis…

Exercise and general fitness activity are important in determining how you feel about yourself, how you focus on tasks, how you manage decision making and overall mental agility. But how?

  • Exercise is thought to cause chemical reactions that release endorphins and serotonin. These chemicals are key in mental wellbeing and personal feelings.
  • By exercising regularly we start to feel good about ourselves, this has a snowball effect. It means that body image may increase, self-esteem starts to improve and we suddenly start to feel empowered.
  • When we raise our body temperature we increase the flow of blood to our muscles and organs. The brain benefits from this increase in blood flow, which results in a feeling of well-being.

Ultimately one factor stands out, once we start with exercise, and manage to continue to work on it and build it into our lives, then it becomes an accumulator effect. The gains we get in terms of physicality and focus will help us in our lives beyond exercise; we may start to achieve short term personal goals, we then usually start to sleep better and in turn gain an ability to focus more, and so the positivity and empowerment builds. Following on from this we may start to realise some long-term goals and so we continue to grow in confidence and outlook. From there who knows what is possible…

For someone starting out on their fitness journey it is recommended that you undertake 30 minutes of exercise per day. However, further studies show that a mixture of high intensity and low intensity exercises over varying periods of time may yield the best results.

One thing is for sure; engraining exercise into your routine and lifestyle will bring you so much more than physical benefits. Why not give it a go at i-motion gym where we are proud to have over 90 classes a week, state of the art equipment and 24/7 access, why not let us help you to achieve your fitness goals http://www.i-motiongym.com/join to book on one. iMotion.

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