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|With daylight savings just around the corner and the cold, dark bleak days upon us, our positive mood may begin to deteriorate and we may permit our stressful lives to get us down. Perhaps the last thing you are inspired to do after waking to darkness and finishing your workday in darkness is schedule an appointment with your Vancouver personal trainer or exercise on your own. However, this might prove to be the best solution for warding off the blues. Many studies suggest that partaking in some form of exercise enhances our spirits.
When we exercise there is a release of “feel good” drugs (such as endorphins, epinephrine, serotonin and dopamine), which are often the same substances that comprise anti-depressants. Not only do these chemicals boost energy, but they also reduce stress, improve our overall well being and enable us to sleep better. Different physical activities prompt each substance to be released at varying levels. For more info check out this article on the chemicals realeased and what they do.
The mind/body connection affects one another and as we improve our physical fitness, our brain function also improves. We gain greater mental clarity that allows us to look inside and analyze our imbalances and make any necessary changes. We are more equipped to find possible solutions to the problems we might be plagued with. In addition, exercise acts as a distraction by ridding our minds of any negative thought cycles. Furthermore, by lessening physical health issues by exercising, we in turn lessen some of our worries and anxieties.
Vancouver personal trainers would agree that if our clients meet their goals and challenges by continuing with their programs, no matter what mood the fast-paced world has left them in, they will feel as though they’ve accomplished something positive for both their mental and physical well being. This will increase their self-confidence and encourage them to stick with it. Also, the social interaction of being with a personal trainer or in a gym setting will inevitably lift their spirits even with a pleasant greeting or a smile. Certainly at Momentum Fitness we ensure a welcoming and positive atmosphere.
So get moving and improve your mental and physical health! Also check out this article on how teamwork and goal setting can help keep you motivated during the winter!
My passion for health and fitness, coupled with my teaching background, led me to becoming a personal trainer. I strongly believe in the necessity for an active, fitness oriented lifestyle which encompasses a balance of cardio, strength, flexibility and recreation and this has undoubtedly had an impact throughout my lifetime. It gives me great satisfaction to pass along my knowledge and enthusiasm with the highest standard of service, safety and professionalism to all those who want to adopt a lifestyle of physical and mental health and wellness.
To book your appointment with Cassandra call us at 604.732.4884 or email us today!