If you haven’t noticed, we are obsessed with the brain and the roll it plays in your health. Psychology is directly related to your brain function and can have a serious effect on your overall health.
Now with all the talk about mental health, I want to make it clear that we are not experts in psychology and if you feel you may have serious psychological issues it is important seek professional advice first.
That being said, we are experts in exercise and there is substantial evidence that suggests exercise has a positive influence on mental health.
This aim here is to introduce you the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our perception of the roll psychology plays in everyday health. These include:
· Psychological Endurance - Toughness
· Delayed self-gratification
Psychological Endurance - Toughness
Yes, we are advocates for toughness.
Life throws curveballs all the time and sometimes just a bit of mental resilience is all we have to get through them.
Have you ever considered that toughness is something that you can train?
If you are exercising properly, you will find yourself in a few “dark places”, it’s part of the package. The beauty of this is the challenge that comes with staying in that state of discomfort, resisting the instinct to stop.
For every moment that you manage to push a little harder than what you thought possible, you are solidifying the nerve paths that generate these thoughts.
This pathway is likely to then find its way into everyday life and simply resist the everyday temptations that exist.
It can be considered very similar to the psychological toughness mentioned about above, but we consider it to be that and a whole lot more.
Exercise provides a perfect opportunity to build a routine into your day. Training in the morning or the evening comes with their own pros and cons. The big take away is the fact that having the discipline to make the effort to train and commit to a regular program goes a long way to developing the discipline in other aspects of life. It comes back the neural pathway idea suggested before, discipline is a skill and an exercise regime provides the perfect platform to train it.
Delayed Self gratification
The last point has probably become more prevalent in the contemporary world. Instant gratification has become the norm thanks to technology.
We can message instantly, cook and eat food in under 5 minutes and buy what we like without even venturing out of our homes.
Exercise rewards system is not so instant, besides a little endorphin high that kicks in post sweat. The physical change that many of us desire takes a lot longer to come to fruition. It requires the constant application of the skills we mentioned above to chase goals that we may actually never achieve.
It is natural for us to never be happy with what we have, we will always want to be stronger, leaner, fitter etc. We encourage the satisfaction to come from I was at A, I am now at B and the motivation from I really can’t wait to get to C.
These are just a few ideas of the influence a proper exercise regime can have on your psyche.
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