Let’s be real. 2020 was no joke and it put a damper on our physical, social, and mental health. Most of us struggled to get out of bed, to do the slightest chores, and to keep up with self-care. But, let’s take that a step further. Did you let Covid become an excuse and let it distance yourself from exercising and your goals? You’re not alone. I want to assure you that. But, how do we redirect ourselves to a new path of enlightenment and how do we find our driver? The first step is to check our own mental health.
Mental health in the 21st generation is a popular phenomenon that has affected millions of people across the globe. I constantly remind my clients how fitness positively adjusts their mindsets and how they can focus on their goals so they do not become distracted by some of the world’s toxicity. The University of Nebraska medical center says, “Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function.2 Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal.3 Exercise is especially important in patients with schizophrenia since these patients are already vulnerable to obesity and also because of the additional risk of weight gain associated with antipsychotic treatment, especially with the atypical antipsychotics.” (Sharma pg 3)
There are millions of studies done that correlates how fitness and mental health are symbolic and have positive attributes. There are preventative measures to help reduce stress and anxiety we might experience through aerobic and anaerobic training. There are positive cognitive functions that occur while strength training includes the release of endorphins and other neuromuscular activity.
What I’m saying is that fitness improves how we feel neurologically, socially, and most importantly mentally. Let’s take the step in the right direction. Feel better about yourself, your life, and your goals today. Come train with us at the bunker and let’s make a change to improve your lifestyle.
Stephanie Mager CPT
Coach @ The Bunker Fitness