Most of us are aware of the benefits of regular exercise – it’s probably one of the reasons you are reading this blog.
The body receives incredible health benefits from working out, but what about your mind?
I have found that if you can workout, or do your preferred physical activity early in the day – before work for example – the benefit of having cared for your body, may have an equal or greater benefit psychologically.
The reason for this is simple; you have cared for your self, physiologically, before caring for anyone else, or getting distracted by the other things you have to do in your day. This benefit empowers you to help others with greater ease, or to do your work and tasks more calmly because of the release of neuro-chemicals (like endorphins) that reduce stress and help you to better manage your metabolic energy levels throughout the day.
Knowing that you have done the most important thing in your day first – taking care of you – helps you to better face the challenges ahead. And, you won’t have any regrets or guilt from having not done your workout!
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