Have you ever tried to begin an exercise program and failed to maintain consistent results?
If you’re like most people, your answer to this question is yes. Luckily, I have the perfect answer for you: Fitness Therapy. It’s an exercise regimen that strives for a healthy balance of physical, mental, and social strength.
Everyone knows that exercise is great for your physical health. I’m sure you are aware of the benefits of regular exercise and have experienced them yourself. However, most exercise programs focus exclusively on the physical aspects of exercise and ignore, or neglect, the mental and social aspects.
I have found that one of the most difficult aspects of exercising consistently is the lack of social interaction. Luckily, trainers strive for a fun, active environment that improves your social life and increases your social circle every time you go to the gym. I bet it will be much easier to attend workouts if you get to see your friends!
This approach incorporates high intensity exercises that are great for your mental health as well. Science tells us that vigorous exercise causes our brain to release endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, all of which give us feelings of well being and happiness.
In addition to increasing positive hormones released by our brain, this regimen is particularly good at decreasing hormones that have negative effects on our bodies. Because we live in such a hectic society, we experience dozens, if not hundreds, of fight or flight responses every day. We developed this response as a survival mechanism thousands of years ago but unfortunately our bodies haven’t evolved to suit our modern day lifestyle.
When our ancestors sensed danger, their brain would alert their bodies that trouble was on the horizon. Our bodies were, and are, called into action through the release of Cortisol. Commonly referred to as the stress hormone, Cortisol is useful for some situations but is very harmful to us given the sedentary nature of our modern lifestyle.
Several studies have shown that Cortisol raises the overall stress level of our bodies, increases how much fat we store, and causes several stress related illnesses including ulcers, exhaustion, depression, and an overall sense of disease.
While I don’t want to be overly technical in regards to the mental benefits of this system, I wanted to give you some background on why it is so great for you.
Several exercise systems promise physical improvements. However, very few can provide a healthy balance of body, mind, and social wellness. Whether you are recovering from an injury and need help restoring your health or are just looking to improve your overall fitness levels, Fitness Therapy is the perfect workout for you! Hope to see you at the next class!