Does Exercise Do More For You Than Just Being Fitter And Physically Stronger?
"Exercise isn’t just about helping out your health down the road, and it’s certainly not just about vanity. What you do in the gym (or on the roads, in the ocean, etc.) makes you a better, higher-performing person outside of it. The truth, cliché as it may sound, is this: When you develop physical fitness, you’re developing life fitness, too." - Writes Brad Stulberg is a columnist for Outside Magazine. (read his full article here)
I love this paragraph from Brad Stulberg's article on 'How exercise shapes you, far beyond the gym.' I really love it. Why? Because it is the cornerstone as to how I have lived and continue to live my life. My role as a Personal trainer is to instill this into our clients too. Exercise is so much more than just looking good. In fact exercise should be about the way you feel. There is a lot of studies out there stating all the benefits of exercise but not many mention that it makes you more resilient and mentally stronger.
For a long time I have been an advocate for everything in balance. Balance meaning movement (that's right for you), nutrition (good and bad), hydration, laughter and sleep. Getting that balance is the challenge but if you understand why that is key then at least you can work towards it. Given that, at any given point in time it is highly unlikely that you will be 'on point' with all of them at once, by knowing at least you will have some of them in check.
In Brad's article it talks about how exercise challenges not only the body but the mind as well. Like anything a skill is learnt. A skill takes practice. Mental strength is no different. So with that said, exercise is one of the best ways to practice this. I have days when I don't want to move but I do because I know that it teaches me commitment and I understand the many benefits. None of which are vanity. That certainly does not drive me to exercise.
What does, is what Brad talks about in his article. I encourage you all to read it and think about the meaning behind it. Hopefully it helps you look at movement in a different way and maybe you can find Your 'Why'.
Happy reading and remember - make movement a part of your daily routine.
Written by Kirsty Robbie - Founder of StudioForty6 and CHEK exercise coach.