Why Mike Tyson & Many Others Consider Exercise As Medicine

Why Mike Tyson & Many Others Consider Exercise As Medicine

As Mike Tyson and so many others know, exercise is much more than just a physical workout. Here's why regular exercise is key to optimizing your health.

Published: May 19, 2022

Topics: Wellness Tips, Wellness

Author: Jeff Turbett

In recent years, society has put an emphasis on self-care, and for good reason too. One of the best and easiest ways to improve your mood is through physical activity, and developing a consistent fitness routine can have positive effects on your health. Not only can exercise help you physically, but numerous studies show the benefits of working out for improved mental health, better sleep, and stronger immunity. As some people like to put it, exercise is medicine. And the best part is, they’re not wrong.

Let Exercise Be Thy Medicine

While there are plenty of reasons to exercise from a workout standpoint, exercise can be just as essential from a mental perspective. But don't just take our word for it. We recently sat down with former heavyweight champ and still current, all-around badass, “Iron” Mike Tyson to get his thoughts on boxing and working out.

Mike Tyson On How He Feels When He Doesn't Exercise

"I didn't work out for three days. I felt like my whole mood changed, I felt like a monster. I didn't want to be around anybody."

- Mike Tyson

Benefits of Using Exercise As Medicine

Not only does exercising have many physical health benefits, but it also has a plethora of advantages for the health of your mind and well-being, too.

"This is my medicine. If I don't work out, it's not gonna be a good day - it's not gonna be like a day I worked out."

- Mike Tyson

Cognitive Function

Boxing is one of the best ways to help you feel not only physically, but mentally young and strong. Exercise increases the heart rate, thus stimulating additional blood flow throughout the body. This increased blood flow helps feed new blood cells in the brain, keeping you feeling alert. Here are three (3) key cognitive benefits of exercise:

Mood Booster

One of the best feelings in the world is that “post-workout high.” Simply exercising for just 15-minutes a day causes your body to release those feel-good endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, that have a direct mood-boosting effect, producing instant happiness.

Mike Tyson doing a FightCamp boxing workout

"This medicine, working out, moving, constant movement. You know, you have to move. I'm in one state of mind before I hit it [the heavy bag], now after I hit it, I'm in a totally different state of mind."

- Mike Tyson


While exercise cannot directly reverse the aging process, it can help slow it down, and even potentially add years to your life. As we slow down the aging process, you'll not only look younger, but you will start feeling better and stronger as well. This is the perfect combination to improve your self-image too.

“Mike” Drop

As you can see, there are many benefits to exercising, besides just for vanity’s sake. For some people, the mental advantages actually outweigh the physical. Again, we’ll let Mr. Tyson give his closing thoughts on exercise.

"There’s millions and millions of people like me. It’s what they do when they want to reach their highest potential. FightCamp is about reaching your highest potential."

- Mike Tyson

We couldn't agree more, Mike!

Are you ready to train like Mike Tyson and start using exercise as your medicine? Get access to hundreds of boxing, kickboxing, strength, conditioning, recovery, and stretching workouts that will push you mentally and physically. Download the FREE FightCamp App and train with real fighters from the comfort of your own home.

Jeff Turbett

Jeff Turbett has trained in boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and MMA. He is a personal trainer and knows the importance of cross-training for combat sports. He’s also a contributor at BellaVita Fitness and Wellness online.

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