If you're still struggling to find reasons to exercise, here are 5 secret benefits that will change your mind -for good!I understand. You've heard it all before.
Exercise more, eat less. That's the key to living a healthier and perhaps happier life.
You know the drill by heart now:
Exercise will help you burn fat. Exercise will boost your energy. Exercise will make you live longer.
As motivating as these may sound, something is missing.
The truth is, there are many more little-known benefits to moving more.
Mental benefits. Emotional benefits. Even spiritual benefits.
You see, moving more can impact your psyche, your body, your emotions and your energy in ways you couldn't possibly imagine.
And that, my friend, may be just what you need to hear, instead of the usual fitness bla-bla, which means well but often misses the point.
Reason 1: You reinforce what you REALLY want
Your subconscious mind is a powerful force to be reckoned with: whatever you plant into it and nurture, will eventually turn into reality.
Through you everyday thoughts and actions, but also through the power of your imagination.
So if you know you would really love to be fit and healthy, yet you take no action towards it, you're basically telling yourself - and the universe - that you don't REALLY care.
You see, action is crucial, and communicates to your subconscious mind that a healthier life IS what you want.
So each time you exercise or move, you're slowly re-programming yourself to make creating the life you want even easier - and to turn that original dream of health and fitness into a reality!
Reason 2: You build your willpower
By acting on what you would love, i.e. health, balance and happiness, you have to engage your willpower.
In other words, you have to put some effort into it.
Now, just to reassure you: every single bit of effort, no matter how much, has a positive impact.
Impact on your body and health of course, but also on your willpower and your ability to engage it when need be.
This in turn has a knock-on effect on the rest of your life, as you learn how to yield your effort into creating what you really want.
Reason 3: You release stored emotions
Ever swallowed your feelings of sadness, anger, guilt or shame?
Every time you do so, the energy of these emotions (emotions = Energy in motion) gets trapped in your body.
Many of us have tight muscles around the neck, pelvis or lower back. Of course, due to our movement habits (or lack thereof), but also because of energy blockages.
Movement is a fantastic way to access these stored emotions and to release the energy contained within.
The reason why we feel so good after exercise is of course the feel-good hormones that flood our system, but also because its an opportunity to move the trapped energy around and get it out of the body.
Ever shed a few tears in a yoga class, or release some anger in a boxing class?
Then you've already experienced what I'm talking about.
So next time you're feeling sad, angry, shameful or afraid, move it out: locate the feeling in your body and imagine it flowing out of you as you lunge, punch or press your way to health and happiness.
Reason 4: You become more embodied
Bodyweight training, dancing or yoga - amongst many others - are great for getting you back into your body.
The fact is, in our current society setup, we work and live from within our minds. Moving can be a fantastic way to become more embodied.
By consciously practicing to connect with your breath, core and muscles, and to really experience the sensations of moving, over time you'll be able to get out of your head, and back into your physical body.
In turn, this will help you become more grounded and present, and therefore able to make more conscious choices, instead of falling prey to your old subconscious patterns.
Reason 5: You gain access to your intuition
By getting out of your head and your thoughts, something even more remarkable happens: you become more intuitive.
You see, when done with awareness, movement brings you into a state of coherence: when your heart energies are aligned with the vibrations from your brain.
In this state, you gain better access to your intuition, and get more clarity on your experience.
Try this: after your next exercise session, grab a piece of paper and begin writing on a topic that is troubling you. Don't overthink it, and imagine the words are coming straight from your body, centre and heart. Once you've finished, take a few minutes to read what you wrote - you may well be surprised!
So there you have it: moving more - and with awareness - will help you build your willpower, reprogram your subconscious mind, release stored emotions, make more conscious choices and become more intuitive.
And if you need one last reason to begin to exercise, here it is: you're showing yourself some LOVE.
So get loving and get moving :)
Love & Health,