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MASTER MENTAL WELL BEING It is impossible to cure the body while dismissing the mind, and vice-versa. The mind-body connection is so much sophisticated, not due to its complexity as much as the way both work in conjunction is astonishing. Everybody witnessed moments of mental fogginess or just out of the mood vibes and figured out that it was due to a physical pain that made us cannot focus. Also, it is sure that we faced the counter moments; where a super tensed mood due to work, family, finance, or whatever that cause physical pain, such as headache, migraine, etc. The connection between working out and mental health is clear. Physical exercise has been shown to add in improving mental health status, since it supports in reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by increases self-esteem. Exercise has also been found to treat social withdrawal symptoms. Working out in here does not necessarily means a high intense exercise, yet simply going for a walk or doing yoga, yes, such activities impact the mental health state positively. That is due to the fact that exercising releases endorphins, the body’s “feel-good hormones,” that helps in keeping the mind calm and relaxing the body. STUDIES HAVE AGREED ON CERTAIN ASPECTS THAT GETS HIGHLY AFFECTED THROUGHOUT THE POWER OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Frustration tolerance: Physical activity can be a healthy way to release frustration and anger. No matter what you do - kickboxing, yoga, or going for a run - the physical release of negative energy will leave you feeling refreshed. Studies has shown that exercise can have a preventative effect against the buildup of anger. Reduced tension: When you’re stressed, your muscles contract, adding more tension to your already over-strained body. Exercise releases stored energy and allows muscles to return to a resting state. You may experience fewer backaches, tension headaches, arthritic joint pain ... the list goes on. Increased attention and productivity: When your mental plate is cleared from toxic stress and anxiety, you can have the needed space for more productive tasks. You’ll be more in tune with your body in order to recognize the signs of stress before it takes a toll on your physical and mental health. Better sleep: The more you exercise, the better you’ll sleep, at least according to several studies. When you’re not getting enough rest, you can’t perform at your best. Exercise can knock you out at the end of the night and help you sleep soundly. Just make sure you’re not exercising right before bedtime as it may work you up too much. Stronger immune system: Ever notice that when you exercise consistently, you don’t get sick as often? Exercise lowers cortisol— the hormone responsible for your body’s fight-or-flight alarm. At chronically-elevated levels, it taxes your natural immune system. When you’re physically active, you might demonstrate more stamina and greater resiliency to fight discomfort, inside and out. Increased confidence: Exercise increases self-efficacy, which is the confidence you have in your ability to accomplish a goal. It has been suggested that exercise may provide you with an effective mode through which self-efficacy can be enhanced based on its ability to provide you with a meaningful mastery of experience. 70 | March 2018

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Fitness and Lifestyle Magazine - March 2018 Issue  

Fitness and Lifestyle Magazine - March 2018 Issue