“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.” – Willhelm von Humbodlt

It is a well-known fact that exercise is said to be great for overall health; mentally, physically and emotionally. With this in mind, we have identified 3 useful benefits of exercise that we feel are crucial to your health.

Exercise reduces stress, anxiety and tension and its effects on the  body.

Although not a miracle worker, exercise can have a great  impact on your mood and overall approach to everyday life.  It is great in helping you reduce stress, anxiety and tension  as it allows us to take some time out each day to  channel  our brain and energy into something different –  whether it  be 15 minutes or a full hour – exercising enables  you to  enjoy a change in direction mentally, giving you some time  to navigate and shift your mind-set  to a more positive area  in your life and away from the negative and stressful  thoughts from work that essentially feed yourstress and  anxiety.

Alongside this, stress and tension are known to bring a  dramatic decrease in  one’s mood making you feel depressed,  saddened and tired, this is where  exercise is a great  commodity to have. Exercising regularly not only reduces  stress, anxiety and tension but it also helps to boost your mood by releasing and increasing the amount of endorphins in your body. Endorphins are powerful chemicals that enable you to feel happier, lighter and stress-free.

Exercise improves your sleeping patterns and sleep quality.

Apart from lifting your spirits and helping ease tension and stress, exercise is known to enhance your quality of sleep.

By exercising regularly you are able to better your sleeping pattern, ensuring an improved, sounder night’s sleep, which ultimately has a positive effect on many other aspects of your health, namely, your mood and energy levels.

With an increase in energy levels and an improved mood it is more likely that you are able to carry out your activities, work and everyday tasks in the most efficient, stress-free manner. In conjunction to this, an increase in energy means you are more likely to feel happier thus reducing your stress levels… starting to see a pattern yet?

Exercise can help to boost your self-esteem. 

It is important to view exercise as an investment in life.

By making exercise a regular occurrence or habit, it has the power to improve your sense of self-worth, making you feel stronger and more powerful. Regular exercise will help you to feel better about your physical appearance and by setting realistic exercise goals and striving to meet these goals, will give you a sense of achievement, all of which ultimately has a positive effect on your overall health and happiness.

The great thing about exercise is that it can be done anywhere, even while you are on holiday so there really is no excuse… Visit Fordoun and enjoy our gym facilities, yoga, spinningand kettle bells ,on a regular basis.