Non Physical Benefits of Exercise

As I procrastinate writing yet another paper this weekend, 1 is a enough right?! I found a great article talking about something we as athletes already know but is so important...Not only does exercise benefit us physically but also mentally. The graphic below pretty much sums up the article with some statistics that are awful to see, look at the amount of kids who actually exercise, yikes!

I know for me exercise is much more then physical, I am a mental wreck if I miss too many workouts, especially when I can't run! This gets so bad that Matt has nearly kicked me out of the house making me run on bad days! I have seen the other positive benefits during my most recent job interview when, although completely unrelated, my background as a marathon runner and coach was brought up as a reason for thinking I was a great person for the job. I was later told that my commitment to the training and ability to motivate others to run would be a great asset to the organization.

How has exercise benefited you in a non-physical way?

The other big question...how can we help others to experience these same benefits and pass this on to our children and their generation? For me I don't believe it will be my child in the TV statistics as she loves to run and be active, we will continue to be good role models for healthy behavior and encourage her.

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Comments

  1. Oh wow, so true! I run to keep sane, and to a point (like, below 10km point) it makes me much more productive after I run.

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    1. I am so much more awake after a morning run and the day is better :)

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  2. Yes!! There is a huge mental component for me as well, and I hope to instill the same love for an active lifestyle in my daughter also!

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    1. I think watching us will make them see that exercise is "normal" and a part of life :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing this! I hadn't stopped to really think about the non-physical benefits of exercise until now.

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    1. I think it often gets pushed aside until we aren't able to exercise and feel the consequences.

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  4. i love these cute information boards. i find them a lot on pinterest! thanks for sharing!

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