Stress is a part of life, and getting addicted can only exacerbate that issue. Fortunately, exercise has been shown to help decrease stress levels. Believe it or not, whether you are at work, interacting with friends or simply watching TV, tension can unconsciously build up inside you and fester into something greater. Combat this by taking 30 minutes out of your day and get active. It can be something as simple as taking a walk.
2. Improves Your Outlook On Life
There is a positive correlation between exercise and self-confidence. This, in turn, decreases feelings of depression and anxiety that can accompany addiction. There is a deeper mental component than just making you feel better about yourself. Over time, if you keep to a consistent exercise regimen, you will be able to see first-hand how your body will respond. Then, every time you look in the mirror, you will feel good about yourself.
3. Improves Sleep
If there is one thing humans do not get enough of, it is sleep. It is recommended that the average human gets 6-8 hours, but we end up getting far less. There have been links to addiction and sleep deprivation. Keeping your body active will also do you the favor of letting you know when you need to rest. You’ll instantly feel if you did too little exercise or too much, but in either scenario, sleep can improve with exercise.
4. Practical Meditation
The Mayo Clinic has dubbed exercise as “meditation in motion” because when you are exercising, you are focusing on not only physical benefits but mental as well. In normal meditation, you are stationary while zoning in on your breathing. With exercise, you are concentrating on your physical well being. In either case, you will be at mental ease.
5. Positive Brain Chemistry
Without your brain, your body isn’t capable of doing any of its important functions. However, when you exercise, your body releases a natural high known as endorphins. These natural endorphins will not only make you feel good but will help regulate the chemistry in your brain. The difference between the pleasure seekers you find in substances and the ones your brain can create is that one is organic, and the other is detrimental to your physical and mental health. It is an easy choice.