How SmartFit35 can improve your physical & mental health

Do you ever feel as though you’re spending all your time helping other people? Rushing around from one job to the next? Trying to cram as much into your day as possible? In this modern world we live in, packed with all kinds of pressures, we’re guessing the answer is most days! But while it’s important to “get stuff done,” you need to make time to step off the hamster wheel of life to look after your physical and mental wellbeing; otherwise you’ll burn yourself out – which could have a negative effect on your happiness, relationships and more.

Many of us use the gym and exercise in a bid to stay in shape and keep our bodies fit, but there are many other benefits exercise and physical activity can offer us. Exercise can have a huge impact on mental health and recent research from The Training Room, the leading educators of PTs and fitness professionals, shows that more and more people are seeking advice from qualified PTs and fitness coaches to help manage mental health issues. More than 55% of the PTs questioned reported that they are seeing an increase in clients approach them for help and support around mental health concerns.
There are countless studies which show that exercise provides some serious mental health benefits and here’s our guide to the top ones to be aware of!

Exercise reduces stress

We’ve all had those tough days at work, some more than others, but, if you can walk away and head to the gym, go for a run, or simply go for a walk, it will have a huge impact on your mood. Stress relief is one of the most common benefits for exercise. And the great thing about SmartFit35 is that you can achieve an effective, stress-reducing workout in just 35-minutes – a tiny portion of your day.

Exercise makes you more productive

Exercise increases the amount of norepinephrine released, which is a chemical that moderates the brain’s response to stress. If you have a deadline to hit and you can’t concentrate, or you have a mountain of tasks to do before you can leave work, having a workout will reduce your stress levels and actually help you to focus and perform better! But what if I have a bad workout? Impossible… At SmartFit35, our fitness coaches are on hand throughout each session to help you make the most of every visit to the gym.

Endorphins are amazing!

There are numerous studies, which have found that exercise is a natural mood improver and can help alleviate symptoms of mild depression. Just 35 minutes of moderate exercise with SmartFit35 can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing, so don’t hesitate to book a free consultation and 7-day free trial with no obligation to join. We even give you a 3-month money-back guarantee if you haven’t enjoyed your experience (which we’re confident would never happen!)

You’re worth a million dollars

Being physically active can boost your self-esteem and improve your self image. Regardless of how much you weigh, what size, shape, age or gender you are, regular exercise can improve your own perception on how you look, your attractiveness and your self-worth. Whatever your goal may be, our team makes every effort to craft a bespoke fitness experience that is right for you.

The great outdoors

And if you feel you need an added boost of self-love, why not take your workout to the great outdoors. It’s believed that exercising outside can boost your self-esteem even further. So, why not mix up your SmartFit35 sessions with other exercises and activities you love? Being in the fresh air and allowing your body to see the light of day will deliver your body with a good dose of Vitamin D, which is known to lessen the chances of suffering from depression.

Old age doesn’t come alone

It’s a fact you’ve probably heard before, but it’s unfortunately it’s very true… As we age, we can lose brain function and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s kill off brain cells. Although exercise and enjoying a healthy diet won’t be able to cure Alzheimer’s, it can help to defend your brain against cognitive decline. No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start. To find out more, have a read of our blog on exercising in your 60s [ADD LINK].

If you’re anxious

For many, the feelings of anxiety and tension are all too common. Perhaps a glass of wine or a soak in the bath can help control these feelings? However, a walk, jog, or SmartFit35 session is actually a far better anxiety buster. It will leave you feeling calmer for longer – especially if you’re able to maximise your workout, which our coaches can certainly help you with!

Improved sleep

Have you ever noticed that you sleep better after you’ve been working out and exercising more? Many people find that a workout can be the equivalent of a sleeping pill even for people who suffer from insomnia. Exercising before bedtime raises the core temperature of your body and can aid the natural sleep cycle. With SmartFit35 being open until 8:30pm Monday to Thursday, and until 7:00pm on Friday, we’re sure you’ll be able to find the perfect slot to help you wind down in the evening and get some extra-good shut eye.

Be more creative

While physical activity aids sleep, it can also stimulate and boost creativity for up to two hours post-workout. And if you need an even bigger injection of creativity, exercising outdoors is just the ticket, further stimulating your creative cells and really getting those inventive juices flowing.

Helping others

The way in which we exercise and with whom can also have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Research suggests that working out in a group setting has its advantages, resulting in significant improvements to physical, mental, and emotional measures. The studies show that group settings are better when it comes to the psychological and emotional aspects of exercise. During a SmartFit35 session, you’ll be working out in small groups at times, striking up some great comradery with your fellow exercisers.

So, there you have it. Exercise is not only great for your body, but it’s also very much needed for your mind too.

To give SmartFit35 a try, visit our website to book your free 7-day trial. We look forward to meeting you and helping you to reach your goals!