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Love yourself through your workouts By KAREN ESCOBAR Contributing Writer

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here’s more to exercise than meets the eye. Sure, an active lifestyle keeps your heart healthy and joints functioning, but did you know that it also gives your brain a boost?

How can something that exhausts the body be good for our mental health? Wouldn’t it increase stress?

Clinical psychologist Jenny C. Yip says exercise helps release endorphins, which are the body’s “feel-good” hormones. These hormones are responsible for keeping the mind calm and the body relaxed. In addition, exercise also increases the blood’s circulation in the brain, which, in turn, improves your mood and attention. Spending as little as 20 minutes a day on some moderate exercises can make all the difference in your life, as it will help increase overall productivity and decrease the energy wasted from mental stress. Imagine!

Mental health benefits of working out

If you are looking for some extra motivation to get into the gym, then consider the amazing benefits that exercise has on your overall mental health.

Reduce stress

Rough day at work? A lot going on at home? Then maybe it’s time to get into the gym. Exercise can help alleviate stress, because it increases norepinephrine, a chemical produced by the body to help moderate the brain’s response to stress.

Boost brainpower

There’s more to a workout than buff muscles. Studies have shown

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cardiovascular exercise can help create new brain cells (neurogenesis) and improve overall brain performance to help keep your A game! This boost in brain power also helps sharpen your memory, which gives you more brain space to learn something new! So why not try something new in 2019? Let’s live more and give ourselves the love we all deserve.

Increase creativity and productivity

Having artist’s block? Fear not. A quick workout can help get those creative juices brewing and supercharge that post-workout inspiration. Aside from that, because your energy is flowing, you get more stuff done and you’ll love every minute of it! Self-love is often a struggle for many. Most of us are our biggest and harshest critics. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, intimidated and discouraged, but remember — you are not alone and the baby step to selflove is putting yourself out there. It may not be at the gym right off the bat, but start taking long walks or take the stairs instead of the elevator. Each effort (no matter how small) makes a difference, and when you’re ready, set up a trial class with a trainer at your local gym. Finding a gym that promotes a sense of community can help you get in the routine of working out, lose any unwanted weight, strengthen your mental game and find a new level of self-confidence. So what are you waiting for? Let’s start 2019 with some love and a workout, because a workout a day keeps the anxieties away! ■

Karen Escobar is the co-owner/co-founder of CrossFit Zanshin. Karen's has developed a bullet-proof system for bringing new people up to speed quickly and on their way to achieving their goals. Connect with her at kescobar72@gmail.com

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Northside Woman, February 2019  

Northside Woman is a woman's work and play publication and companion website that covers news information for the northern Atlanta suburban...

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