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Exercise and Mental Health: How Fitness Enhances Every Aspect of Your Life

When new prospects reach out to us for personal training at Integra Fitness, we always want to hear about their goals. The most common goals we hear often fall under aesthetics and performance, such as getting toned or building strength. Physical goals are fantastic, and I’d be lying if I said they weren’t important to me. I started exercising to lose fat and look fit, but I stayed consistent because of the way it makes me feel.


Last year, 32.7% of women and 24.4% of men reported anxiety symptoms, while 23.3% of women and 21.6% of men reported symptoms of depression. Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative moods while enhancing self-esteem and cognitive function. Even if you don’t experience anxiety or depression, regular exercise is an excellent way to relieve stress.


Some other benefits of regular exercise include improved sleep, better mood, increased energy and stamina, and reduced tiredness, which can boost mental alertness. If you’re a high performer or someone who needs to show up for work and/or family, adopting a regular training routine can be life-changing beyond just the physical benefits that will inevitably come.


The current exercise recommendation by the CDC is that adults need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week. In addition, adults need at least 2 days of muscle-strengthening activity each week. Currently, only 1 in 4 adults meet this physical activity guideline.


As you can imagine, we are proponents of strength training, but we also emphasize the importance of all aspects of fitness. We believe there is no one-size-fits-all solution for health and fitness. Whatever type of exercise you enjoy the most and can commit to consistently will be the best for you in the long run.


As I mentioned before, I got into training to look good. But I continue to train to relieve stress, stay focused, and improve my energy so that I can show up better for my business and family.

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