Life can be tough on us. Stress, anxiety and even depression can all build up and slowly make our lives more difficult to deal with. Often, many people turn to training in order to help them relieve stress and boost their emotional state.
Using training to feel good is not unusual and has so many benefits which go way further than just stress relief. Here are some great side-effects of regular training.
- Training releases feel-good brain chemicals, like endorphins and neurotransmitters that can ease depression.
- Training can help reduce immune system chemicals that can worsen depression.
- Working out regularly, especially between the ages of 25 and 45, also boosts chemicals in the brain which support and prevent degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain used for memory and learning.
- When you train, your brain also releases dopamine, the “reward chemical” in response to any form of pleasure. For anyone who suffers from addiction, training regularly can assist with distracting addicts, making them de-prioritize cravings.
- Increasing your body temperature as a result of training is known to have calming effects. Although in the middle of a WOD, you probably would not agree.
- Regular training helps you gain confidence. By achieving exercise goals or challenges, like starting to lose weight, can go a long way in boosting your emotional state.
- Especially with training regimes like CrossFit, the social interactions very easily help create a positive emotional state.
- Exercise boosts energy levels overall. Physical activity helps you feel a lot more energetic even during non-training times, because your cardiovascular system works a lot more efficiently.
- Exercise helps you sleep better. Regular training can help you sleep faster and deeper, provided it’s not done too soon before you try going to sleep. Sleep offers you the best possible recovery and a timeout your body and mind benefit from.
- By training regularly you will also lower your blood pressure, decrease your body fat, increase bone density, and overall decrease your risk of disease.
Besides all of these great side-effects of training, there are some signs which might indicate a problem you need to address more seriously. These signs can be if you’re staying at the gym longer to avoid personal conflict, to get away from something or someone, or because you dislike your work, living environment, etc. In most cases, the gym won’t help you with overcoming these situations. Don’t avoid problems, but rather address them in the best way possible, which is a discussion on its own. Ultimately, if you don’t deal with other situations, your happy place, the gym, will soon start being effected too, and you don’t want that. Use training as an added tool to boost your day and you’ll reap the rewards.