When you think about the reasons to start an exercise program, you might initially think about the physical benefits such as losing weight, building muscle, and having more energy throughout the day. Additionally, exercise has been clinically linked to other health benefits including minimizing the risk of heart disease and diabetes, improving sleep, and lowering blood pressure.
Improve Mental Health
However, exercise can do incredible things for you both mentally and emotionally too. A recent Harvard study suggested that for some who struggle with depression, exercise can be nearly as effective as prescription drugs.* Ironically, people who feel depressed sometimes complain of having a lack of energy or willingness to exercise.
If that’s how you feel, what can you do about it? First, it’s important to understand the positive effect that exercise can have on your psyche. Engaging in high-intensity exercise causes your body to release ‘feel good’ chemicals called endorphins. You’ll start feeling better because you’re exercising.
Second, commit to starting an exercising program immediately, thereby breaking the cycle. Surround yourself with others who are dedicated to exercising regularly. Soaking up their energy will help motivate you to keep up your exercise program.
Laurie Dekeyser’s testimonial
"My journey was less about weight loss and more about showing up for myself. I’m the type of person that will take care of everyone else’s needs before my own… even if that means breaking a promise to myself. I balance many roles, but then add in grief from losing my father and a battle with Postpartum Anxiety…… I was DROWNING.
The honest truth is that I wasn’t honoring my value and I was tired of feeling I never had enough energy for me. I knew something had to change. I had just started taking boot camp classes when this Challenge started. It was the perfect way to stay focused and motivated. I looked forward to the challenges, HSPFit classes, and finding creative ways to add in exercise when you have a toddler.
Moving forward, I need to pay more attention to my water intake and diet and add in sessions with a Personal Trainer to work on specific goals. The scale hasn’t budged much, but I’ve noticed greater strength and cardio endurance, more confidence, and most importantly, I feel a sense of PRIDE. I made a commitment to work out 3-4 times per week and I kept it." - Laurie Dekeyser
*If you are fighting depression, seek the medical advice of your doctor for your specific treatment.