Hope you are well . If not, I hope this article makes the path a little clearer.
This week we talk mental health and exercise.
Mental Health - encompasses your psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. In short it addresses how you think, feel and act.
A market for good & bad mental health include :
Ability to complete key functions
Ability to learn
Ability to feel
Ability to express
Ability manage positive and negative emotions
Ability to form and maintain good relationships
Now let’s talk about exercise - An activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness.
Let’s talk about the benefits associated with exercise:
Assist/aids weight loss
Good for muscles and bones
Reduce risk of chronic disease
Improves brain health and memory
Assist sleep & improves quality of sleep
Can promote a better sex life.
“How” you may ask?
Well all in different ways to be honest. Different types of exercise, at different levels of intensities deliver different benefits. The one thing they all have in common is the fact that they invite individuals to explore the full range of possibilities that their bodies have to offer.
There’s a saying. If you don’t use it, you lose it. What this simply means, is that if you don’t explore the range of possibilities your body can offer they become dormant. The longer they go unexplored the more difficult it is to reactivate them when needed or when do chosen to do.
Why are we talking about all this stuff?
Well the thing is the mind and the body work in ways that are very similar if not identical.
If an individual does not use certain aspect of their minds they become dormant. Why is this important? Because I’m about to say something that might be very different from what you’ve heard or what you believe to be true.
Exercise can be unhealthy for you.
Despite all the benefits associated with exercise, there’s a chance that you could be hurting yourself because of the motives you have for exercising.
As mentioned in the beginning of the article mental health markers include psychological, emotional and social well-being. This trickles down into the individual ability to deal with a range of emotions from positive all the way through to negative.
So what if one of those elements are lacking?
What if an individual dives into exercise (/anything else, for that matter) to try and fill the gap? To put it in simpler terms what happens when an individual is training to avoid thinking about something, to avoid feeling something or to avoid certain interactions?
Exercise in that case may provide some sort of comfort. Even in cases such as these exercise still carries many of it’s associated benefits. The only problem is, those issues don’t necessarily go away after the session is done. In some cases the individual may have never allowed themselves to feel the full extent of how the issue made them feel or what the issue meant to them.in some cases exercising might be used as a form of self harm.
So does exercise improve your ability to deal with mental issues? The answer is Yes.
Does exercise deal with mental health issues? The answer is No.
So is it important to question your motives when exercising? Absolutely.
The only way to deal with mental health is by dealing with mental health and the longer individuals shy away from mental health, the further they move from it and the further they move from it, the more difficult it is to move back to a healthy place.
Talk to yourself honestly today. Address certain things and address why you don’t address certain things. The more you do that, the closer you are to living an authentic life.
Contact mind and body fitness and start on your journey.