Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Working out to Nurture our Bodies and Mind

Incorporating physical activity into your life is not just about weight loss or maintenance. Being active impacts not only our bodies, but our emotional and mental well-being too.

Nurture your self physically

Physical activity reduces our risks for and complications of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, Type 2 diabetes, and much more.  Plus, feeling healthy and stronger can boost your confidence and make you feel capable or empowered.

Nurture your family physically

Help create a healthy family but fitting in time to exercise for yourself and encourage your family to be active. Exercising together promotes a healthy life. Walk, ride your bike, play tag or soccer with your kids.  Be a good example. Children will pick up our habits by what we do not by what we say.

Nurture our self mentally and emotionally.

Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

Working out raises our serotonin levels, helps us cope with stress and lowers our cortisol levels which can cause weight gain, strengthens our immune system, and helps get our mind of stressful matters. When we exercise we build muscle and stamina, but we also release a protein called BDNF
(Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) which also helps boost the feeling of happiness and effects memory.

Nurturing our minds

Exercise affects our minds, how we view our self, or confidence, and will power to tackle other things. We feel not only physically stronger but mentally stronger. We have more energy to enjoy our kids, to enjoy daily life, and feel better about ourselves.

If we neglect to take care of our house, soon it would be a hot mess – dishes overflowing in the sink, and laundry piled to the ceiling just to name a few. What happens to your physical home (body) when your attention is not focused in on it — frustration, irritation, agitation, weight gain, health problems, spiritual emptiness, and emotional imbalance are some of the end results.

Don't wait until the new year to work toward a "new you." Start working on those goals now. You will be glad you did!



  1. These are all great suggestions to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  2. These are all great suggestions to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  3. Great post! I feel so much more like myself when I workout. More confident especially.