Exercising is more than just a physical activity. It also plays a part in your social life and your mental health. Here’s how working out can impact your life.
One of the first things you notice when you start working out, way before you see any physical change, is that you are full of energy. You feel good about yourself, you sleep better and it translates on how you deal with your everyday tasks.
So, what’s the impact of exercise on social life?
First and foremost, as exercising makes you feel good about yourself, you are usually in a better mood. This means that you will feel like socializing, as opposed to the comfort you get by staying at home watching television —which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is definitely not a thing to do every single day, week after week.
When you start working out, you feel like going out more often as you look forward to your weekly exercise plan as a chance to interact with people.
This is a great way to combat loneliness, which is something very difficult to overcome otherwise. If you get involved in a club or gym, you will be able to meet a lot of people and build relationships with others that share common interests with you.
Exercising makes you an overall happier person, so you will also be able to help those around you by cheering them up when they need to or just feeling like being there for them.
Why does this happen?
That working out makes you feel good is not just a saying. It’s actual science. When you work out, your brain releases endorphins, which act on the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). When you release enough endorphins, you can get in a euphoric state (ever heard of runner’s high?).
When you work out, especially with aerobic exercise, you release a number of endorphins that really helps you combat anxiety and depression.
Where to start?
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what physical activity you like or if you are not really used to working out. You can start by just walking into the gym and talking to someone there, chances are you will find friendly people in the same situation. You take it from there!