19 May Why is exercise so important for healthy relationships?
Every day we read articles about how exercise is good for the body and can help add years to our life. Yet, how often do we think about the non-physical effects of moving?
By taking time to exercise more, we can help build better relationships with your partners, children and friends…how? Read on.
1. Reducing Your Stress
Exercise is so important when it comes to maintaining a good level of mental health. As the body moves, we release endorphins which make us feel good and helps combat the effects of stress and anxiety.
The equation is simple. More exercise, less mental health issues, happier relationships.
2. Build Your Confidence
We are big believers that your focus should never be solely on weight – a healthy and fit body should be your ultimate goal.
Unfortunately many people are not happy with their physical appearance and that can have a direct effect on your confidence.
By increasing exercise into your life you will automatically be taking the first steps to creating a leaner and stronger body. A stronger you is a more confident you and this will show in how you perceive yourself.
By feeling happy about your body you will automatically be improving your confidence which will help you strengthen your current relationships or give you more courage to reach out to new people.
3. “You” time
Everyday life in 2016 is busy. Work, kids, families, activities and social lives all take a toll on our time and we have less and less time to focus on ourselves.
Recent studies have shown that the simple act of going for a jog can have a major effect on improving how we think.
“After about 30 to 40 minutes of a vigorous aerobic workout – enough to make you sweat – studies have recorded increased blood flow to this region, which, incidentally, is associated with many of the attributes we associate with “clear thinking”: planning ahead, focus and concentration, goal-setting, time management.”
Essentially, when you go for a run you have no time to think about worries and stresses and you are actually actively helping your brain build new cells that will help think that little bit clearer and cope with more demands.
4. Sharing with a partner/friend
There are many research articles that explain how people who work out together – stay together.
Once study from the Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University, surveyed married couples who joined health clubs together and found that couples who worked out separately had a 43 percent dropout rate over the course of a year. Those who went to the gym together, regardless of whether they focused on the same type of exercise, had only a 6.3 percent dropout rate.
By creating mutual goals and providing motivation to each other, you are not only creating healthier bodies but also developing stronger bonds.
5. Being a role model to your children
Let’s look at your relationship with your children.
Did you know your activity levels and views on fitness have a direct impact on the present and future lives of your children?
Researchers have proven that the activities of parents will influence their children and help create a positive connection with physical activity.
By running, jumping and generally playing with your children not only are you improving their health (and yours) you are also setting them up for a great future.
Top tips for using exercise to create healthy relationships
- Set a goal: Give yourself a set goal on how you want to make yourself feel better about your body. Make it measured and give it a date e.g. I want to lose 2kgs by Easter.
- Book in some “you” time: At least three times a week, this could be in the form of a run, walk or exercise class
- Find an exercise buddy: As well as exercising alone, we would suggest you try and exercise with a buddy once a week – why not try new things together, ice skating anyone?
- If you have kids, get active with them: Set aside time to spend with your children doing some sort of physical activity e.g. trampoline centre, bowling or a trip to the beach.
- Celebrate your activities together: Start an ”Active Star Chart” – where a star is allocated to every day that you have done 30 minutes of moving together.
For more information on how exercise can help your relationship, contact your local accredited exercise physiologist.