Mental-Benefits-of-Physical-Activity-Team-Rhino-Gracie-Jiu-JitsuWe all know that physical activity is good for us. We can improve endurance, strength, flexibility, and overall health through lowered blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and a decreased risk for heart disease.

However, the benefits of regular training and activity extend beyond physical health. Here are five mental benefits of physical activity:

1. Decreased Stress

Physical activity is an effective way to deal with stress and anxiety – no medication is needed. Movement helps with reducing tension in your muscles, leaving you feeling more relaxed than before your workout. Your brain can sense the relaxed feeling in your body, so you feel better and less stressed.

2. Better Sleep

Regular physical activity can help regulate your body’s daily rhythm. Physical activity keeps your body’s internal alarm clock in check, making you feel sleepy at night and more alert during the day.

3. More Clarity

Physical activity causes your brain to release chemicals linked to concentration and memory. This chemical boost in your mind can help you pay attention and focus.

4. Increased Self-Confidence

When you get into a regular workout routine, your body begins to change. Your clothes start to fit a little bit looser, you lose weight, and you just feel better. When you feel good in your body, you create a boost in your confidence.

5. Improved Mood

Rather than sitting around thinking negative thoughts, physical activity can help shift your attention away from these thoughts to something else. Be aware of your actions and focus on your body’s movements. This mindful approach to your training acts as a moving meditation.

To experience all the benefits that physical activity has to offer, you may be surprised to find out that you don’t need to commit to hours of exercise every day. However, you will get the most out of your workouts if you can build a consistent habit.

If you’re interested in making martial arts a regular part of your weekly routine, Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Meridian can help you get started. Contact us today to learn more about the programs we’re currently offering.