The importance of taking care of our mental health has become more and more evident in recent years, and for good reason.
Our mental health impacts almost every aspect of our lives, from our relationships to our ability to work and achieve our goals. But while many people focus on traditional forms of self-care like therapy or meditation, it’s important not to overlook the positive impact that physical health habits can have on our mental well-being. In this blog, we’ll explore how going to the gym with a good community and eating well can support our mental health.
Let’s Start With The Gym.
Exercise is well-known for its physical health benefits, from strengthening our muscles to improving our cardiovascular health, but what many people don’t realize is that exercise can also have a profound impact on our mental health. When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins, which are natural chemicals that can help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
Exercise also helps us regulate our emotions, by giving us a healthy outlet for stress and tension.
Going to the gym and eating well can also contribute to our sense of control and self-improvement. When we exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, we are taking an active role in our physical and mental well-being. This can give us a sense of control over our lives, especially when we may be facing other stressors that feel out of our control.
Additionally, setting and achieving fitness and nutrition goals can be incredibly empowering. Whether it’s increasing the amount of weight we lift, running a little further than we did last week, or choosing a meal that makes us feel our best, each accomplishment can boost our confidence and self-esteem. And by continuing to challenge ourselves with new goals, we can continue to improve and grow, both physically and mentally.
By taking care of ourselves in this way, we are investing in our future and building resilience to help us better handle the challenges that life may bring.
Now, Let’s Talk Community.
It’s not just the act of exercising itself that can support our mental health – it’s the community that often comes with it.
Going to the gym regularly can help us establish a routine and a sense of purpose, which can be especially important for those struggling with depression or other mental health issues.
If you find a gym with a supportive and encouraging community, that can be an incredibly powerful motivator. Having people to share your successes with and lean on during setbacks and hard times can make all the difference in maintaining a regular exercise routine, which in turn can support your overall mental health.
The community at the Lair is second to none and you will find endless support from our members as well as our team on staff.
We also have many fun events throughout the year as we believe it is important to have things to look forward to as well as still having fun with some play as we get older!
Do we stop playing because we grow old or do we grow old because we stop playing?
Some days, you might not feel like going to the gym (that is normal!), but if you focus on showing up to a place where you see people you enjoy, will be coached, and will be surrounded by positive banter, smiles and laughter, you will be far more likely to keep exercise as a regular part of your routine.
We promise you will leave feeling much better than when you came in!
We all face dark times at some point, it is part of life, The Lair has been a saving grace for many of us in those tough times.
Now Let’s Talk About Nutrition.
Just like exercise, eating a healthy diet can have a significant impact on our physical health, from reducing our risk of chronic diseases to improving our energy levels, but did you know that what we eat can also affect our mental health? Studies have shown that diets high in processed and sugary foods can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety, while diets rich in lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can support our mental well-being.
Eating well can also have a positive impact on our self-esteem and sense of control. When we make the conscious choice to nourish our bodies with healthy foods, we are showing ourselves that we value and respect our bodies. This can be especially important for those struggling with disordered eating or body image issues. And just like with exercise, finding a supportive community of people who share your commitment to healthy eating and being well fed can be incredibly empowering.
Taking care of our physical health can have a profound impact on our mental health.
By going to the gym with a supportive community and eating a healthy diet, we can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, regulate our emotions, improve our self-esteem, and establish a sense of purpose and routine.
So next time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, consider taking a trip to the gym or preparing a healthy meal. Your body and mind will thank you.
If you are looking for a supportive community who will empower you, you can book a FREE INTRO HERE to chat with me to see how we can help you. That 20 min just might change your life.