Exercise to Enrich Your Health-- Mind, Body and Spirit

A lot of us would agree that we should exercise to maintain and improve physical fitness, but exercise doesn’t only serve the body. Exercise can also improve the health of your mind and spirit.

The next time you wish you didn’t have to get out of bed for that morning workout, remember that the benefits of that work out will reach far beyond the physical.

Yoga

Probably one of the first exercises that came to your mind when you read the title of this article is yoga, and you’d be absolutely right! Yoga is so healthy for the body— it improves strength, coordination, breath control, reduces stress and tension.

The next time you wish you didn’t have to get out of bed for that morning workout, remember that the benefits of that work out will reach far beyond the physical.

Yoga is good for the mind because it helps teach focus and mindfulness— this can improve mental discipline and clarity of thought. Yoga nourishes the spirit by helping you get in touch with your inner self, finding balance and harmony within.

Jogging

Many people jog regularly to keep healthy and fit, and you’d be surprised how running can be an addiction once you get into the habit. There’s something very Zen about going for a run— when you run, you feel like you exist in a bubble.

Your mind enters a slipstream of consciousness and thoughts begin to flow— this is touching the creative parts of your brain. It’s no surprise that many runners will say they get their best ideas during or just after a long jog. Running is also a great way to release endorphins, which improve your mood and make you a happier person in general.

Swimming

Swimming is a good way to work on all your muscles without putting too much stress on your joints, but diving into a body of water can do so much more. Being immersed in the element of water can have a powerful effect on us.

Perhaps it’s because we’re 70 percent water ourselves, or perhaps it’s because we all start our lives by spending 9 months floating in a watery womb. Maybe it goes even further back, considering all life started in the ocean, but spending time in the water is and emotionally and spiritually cleansing experience.

Dancing

If you look at that elliptical with a sigh ever morning and grit your teeth, get rid of it. Try a more fun way to really get you moving. All you have to do is turn on your favorite music and dance. Dancing is just too closely associated with the expression of joy, it’s imbedded in our unconscious.

There’s a reason why we dance at parties and celebrations, and why people have loved to spend weekend nights going to clubs to dance their cares away. If you’re depressed, throw yourself into dancing and express whatever is deep in your soul through music and movement. It will clear your head and your worries will melt away. It’s also great for burning calories, developing strength and stamina.

Play Sports

It doesn’t matter if it’s ice hockey or figure skating, tennis or football. Playing sports is another fun way to keep physically fit. Aside from making exercise fun, sports help us reach out and connect to other people to foster a sense of community and teamwork.

Anytime we’re able to connect with other people it can lift our spirits and have a tremendous impact on the psyche. When you play sports, you can get into “the zone” in which your entire mind and body are operating together as one— this mindful activity improves motor skills, focus and our ability to strategize and think on our feet.