We often hear about the physical benefits of exercise (e.g., increasing heart health & weightloss ), less often are the psychological benefits promoted. Yet, engaging in a moderate amount of physical activity will result in improved mood and emotional states. Exercise can promote psychological well-being as well as improve quality of life. The following are common psychological benefits gained through exercise.
Reduced stress as well as an improved ability to cope with stress
Pride in physical accomplishments
Increased satisfaction with oneself
Improved body image
Increased feelings of energy
Improved in confidence in your physical abilities
Decreased symptoms associated with depression
As you begin to experience and appreciate the many psychological benefits, it is likely that this will motivate you to continue working towards your fitness goals and before you know it new and healthier habits and rituals will be formed.