Working out and maintaining good mental health go hand in hand. Regular exercise not only improves physical health, but it also has a positive impact on mental health and overall well-being. Studies have shown that regular exercise can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, improve mood, and increase self-esteem. Additionally, it has been found that people who engage in regular physical activity are more likely to have better work-life balance.
This is something I have always taken very seriously. I can talk more about the countless benefits below, but before I dive into that I’ll share in some of the ways I try to incorporate this into my life. I personally enjoy working out with friends in workout classes or on hikes in the Colorado area, as well as independently on runs on local trails and on my spin bike. When I’m feeling adventurous, hitting the trails in the winter for some skiing or in the summer for mountain biking is something I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to do! Gets the blood pumping! When I’m looking for something to mellow me out, spending time on a yoga mat always slows my breathing and calms my nerves. There are so many ways to get some physical activity in.
When it comes to work-life balance, it can be easy to get caught up in the demands of work and neglect self-care. However, it is important to remember that taking care of oneself is crucial for not just physical and mental health but also for being able to perform well in one’s job. Regular exercise can help reduce stress, increase energy levels, and improve focus, which are all important factors when it comes to being able to balance the demands of work and personal life.
Working out can also be a great way to disconnect from the stress of work and focus on self-care. When we exercise, our brain releases endorphins, also known as “feel-good” hormones, which can help improve mood and reduce stress levels. Additionally, being active in nature, whether it’s going for a hike or a run, has been found to have a positive impact on mental health.
Anyone in my office knows I’m not much of a morning person. If I haven’t had any coffee and you want to meet with me before 9 am, you’re not gonna get much out of me. This is only worse if I’m not getting good sleep! Engaging in regular physical activity can also help improve sleep quality, which is crucial for maintaining good mental health and work-life balance. When we don’t get enough quality sleep, it can affect our ability to focus and perform well at work, as well as our ability to handle the demands of personal life. It’s important to note that the benefits of regular exercise go beyond the physical.
If anything gets me moving when I don’t want to, it’s having friends and workout partners that hold me accountable. It’s hard to make time for social activities, and incorporating a social element to workout can be very rewarding. Regular exercise can also be a great way to build a sense of community and connection, which can be especially beneficial for people who work from home or are isolated due to the pandemic. Joining a fitness class or a sports team can provide an opportunity to socialize and connect with others, which can be beneficial for mental health.
So, make sure to take some time out of your busy schedule to exercise, it can do wonders for your physical and mental well-being as well as work-life balance.
About the Author
Abby has been on the marketing team with A-Laser since May of 2019. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, her active lifestyle and love for the outdoors led her to Colorado. Abby’s favorite part about work is the people she gets to work with and the chance to be creative and learn something new every day. On the weekends you’ll find her in enjoying time in the mountains skiing, camping, or biking. She has a passion for travel and loves to meet new people.