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.
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.
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:
Essential for optimal brain health
Improved working memory
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.
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.
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.
We couldn't agree more, Mike!
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