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Why Exercise Isn't Physical

You already know the physical benefits of movement and exercise.

Builds healthy muscles.

Strengthens your bones.

Reduces your risks of certain chronic illnesses and conditions.

Changes your body composition.

Makes you look great in that new outfit.

And the list goes on…

But the greatest power in movement far surpasses physiology.

Beyond the divisive factors that we let come between us...

Beyond how we define ourselves in relation to others...

Beyond lines of what define as right or wrong...

You'll find You the simple act of moving.

“There is purity in physical pursuit.” – Joe Rogan

Movement and exercise begins in your mind.

It’s about how we view our challenges.

It’s about how we overcome our challenges.

It’s about who we are in this moment.

It’s not about who you are in comparison to someone else.

It's not about yesterday or tomorrow.

It is about who you want to be right now.

Pre-pandemic, mental disorders such as anxiety and depression were on the rise. But from January to Sept 2020 there was a significant uptick. From 2019, the percentage of people taking tests for anxiety was up ny 93% and there was an increase of 62% for those taking depression tests.

The irony is that ONE of most effective ways to deal with anxiety and depression is to get your body moving.

How does movement and exercise help anxiety and depression?

According to Harvard Medical School Research,

  • Engaging in exercise redirects you from the thoughts are making you anxious.

  • Moving your body decreases muscle tension and helps lower the body’s feeling of anxiety.

  • Getting your heart rate up changes brain chemistry, increasing the availability of anti-anxiety neurochemicals, including:

    • Serotonin

    • gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA)

    • brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF),

    • endocannabinoids

  • Exercise and movement activates the frontal region of your brain which is responsible for executive function this helps control the amygdala, our reacting system to real or imagined threats to our survival.

  • Daily exercise helps you build resilience against heavy emotions.

So, it's time to get moving!!!

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