Starting the journey to becoming physically fit is one of the best things you can do for the human body, especially during fall.
Fall usually brings cooler weather, changing leaves, and a general feeling of positivity in the air. Whether exercising by running a 5K, hiking in nature, hitting the gym, or simply walking the local trails, falling in love with the idea of whole body movement benefits entirely to the body when it comes to both the human body and the spirit.
Exercise affects our mental state in various ways: increasing endorphins such as serotonin and dopamine, decreasing anxiety and stress, and boosting self-esteem.
Becoming physically fit helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, risk of stroke, obesity, etc. If you are able to achieve at least 150 minutes per week of light to moderate activity, all of the positive symptoms above are much more likely to be achieved.
Loneliness, depression, and low self-esteem are all common mental issues that can occur if one is isolated, going through challenges in their personal life, and simply not not physically active enough. September is also known as Suicide Awareness Month, so understanding that becoming physically active and being more mindful of what you are doing in terms of exercise is essential and extremely important to do in order to have a positive mindset. about yourself and about life in general.
The Sam B. Cook Healthplex offers a wide variety of health professionals who can help individuals become more active if they are not already. This month, the Sam B. Cook Healthplex is offering current members and new members the opportunity to purchase two training packages for just $22 in honor of the first day of fall being September 22. This opportunity allows current and new members of the Sam B. Cook Healthplex to learn new exercises, meet new people, and challenge their bodies in ways they have never been challenged before. Additionally, this opportunity allows members to ask any questions they may have regarding personal fitness and health.
Along with this wonderful opportunity, the Sam B. Cook Healthplex offers a supportive community of people who all have one goal in common: to get better every day. Having close friends and family members to hold you accountable, exercise specialists ensuring you perform exercises safely, and a gym filled with love and compassion are all found at Sam B. Cook Healthplex.
According to the National Library of Medicine, exercise can also reduce fatigue, improve mental alertness and improve sleep patterns.
Putting effort into overall physical activity is essential, and if you’re not the most motivated to start or even continue exercising, just remember the following: Exercise boosts self-esteem. self, serotonin and dopamine levels, and improves overall feelings of self-worth and happiness.
Once again, it’s Suicide Awareness Month, so if you or someone you know is struggling with internal conflict, the suicide lifeline is 988.
Try exercising, recommend exercising to someone else who is not yet exercising, and always strive to be a better version of yourself than you were yesterday. Be better every day and make a difference in your life and the lives of others. The best way to take care of your mind and body is to exercise.
Brenden Brown is an exercise specialist at Capital Region Medical’s Sam B. Cook Healthplex. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science, is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, and is a Certified Rock Steady Boxing Trainer. He enjoys helping people of all skill levels improve their health through movement.