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Top 5 Non-Physical Benefits of Exercise

Alrighty friends, it’s not exactly a secret that we’re big fans of working out. I mean, Ben’s abs don’t really give off the subtlety vibe, and I get seriously cranky if I can’t get my weekly runs in. While we used to hit the weights for cosmetic reasons (who doesn’t want a six pack and toned arms?!), our pump up passion now stems from a much deeper place. Through years of experience, we’ve realized that working out gives you so much more than a great body. The mental and emotional benefits of a daily sweat are nothing short of incredible. We’ve witnessed firsthand the power that exercise has on not only the body, but also the mind, and soul. Without hesitation, we’ll assure you that the non-physical benefits of exercise are equally as lust worthy as the physical ones.

Here are our top 5 non-physical benefits of exercise, and why they’re so freaking awesome.

Fights Depression

The effects of depression are no joke. People struggling with depression often report feeling sad, hopeless, lethargic, and even physical pain. While depression can stem from a wide variety of causes, exercise is one badass and drug free way people have managed to treat these symptoms. The reasons for this lie both within the mechanics of exercise, and our brain chemistry.

To begin with, regular exercise simply helps you get up and moving consistently. This kind of activity can be effective in promoting positive thoughts and self-image. Additionally, the process of both setting and meeting physical goals promotes a feeling of control over ones life.

On a chemical level, exercise releases endorphins, which are a type of chemical messenger in your body that naturally relieve pain and stress. When you physically exert yourself, your body releases this chemical and you literally FEEL GOOD. Working out also stimulates the release of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. All of these chemicals are key players in regulating mood through your chemical processes.

(We’re not doctors and this article isn’t intended to diagnose any health concerns. Please consult your doctor before starting or stopping any medications).

Better Sleep

Feeling like those bags under your eyes are getting darker by the second? One of the greatest benefits of exercise is that it helps regulate your sleep patterns. Regular exercise helps you fall asleep faster, and sleep deeper, which means that you wake up feeling way more rested.

In addition, if you’re struggling to fall asleep at night, working out early in the morning or mid afternoon can help reset your sleep wake cycle. This happens because when you work out, your body temperature naturally rises. As it falls later in the day, this triggers a ‘sleepy’ feeling.

Some people find that working out right before they try to sleep can actually hinder their sleep cycle, since it energizes them. But this really depends on the individual. So see what works for you!

Increased Self Esteem

This is hands down one of our favorite byproducts of working out. Obviously, having what you see as a better body makes you feel confident. But it’s so much more than the aesthetic component. If you’ve set the goal of enhancing your body, you’ve naturally empowered yourself by achieving this goal. Not to mention, you’ve crushed your mini goals along the way. In addition, feeling strong physically translates into feeling strong mentally. As you work through the challenges of working out by pushing yourself further and harder, you increase your mental strength along the way.

The bottom line to this is: one of the biggest benefits of exercise is the fact that you look good, and you feel even better. What you’ll really be blown away by is how much this impacts the surrounding parts of your life. You’ll be performing better at work, at home, in your relationships, etc. If that’s not a reason to start crushing some cardio, we don’t know what is.

Reduces Stress

There’s no getting around it. We live in a stressful world. All you have to do is turn on the TV and be bombarded with all the jacked up mishaps and shenanigans, and your blood pressure will be through the roof. OR, check out that mile long to do list that seems to give the gift of NEVER ENDING. Just writing these words is putting us into a mental frenzy. BUT, working out regularly is a killer way to naturally reduce stress.

As we said above, physical exertion releases endorphins and other feel good chemicals in your body, which naturally reduce feelings of stress (I mean, try being stressed on a runner’s high). Along with that, taking at least 30 minutes out of the day for yourself is a fantastic way to reset your mind and relax your body. There are few people out there who don’t see the world with a calmer lens after a few downward dogs, or some solid rope slams.

Boost Productivity

Feel like you’re always hitting that afternoon slump? That sucks, especially when they afternoon slump hits at 10AM. The good news? Regular exercise has been shown to significantly boost productivity. Why is this? For starters, an immediate effect of working out is an instant mood boost. When you’re happier, you get more sh*t done (okay, that might not be scientific, but it’s still true).

In addition (and this IS scientific) regular exercise boosts your overall energy levels. The reason for this? It’s all about the cells. Mitochondria are the ‘powerhouse’ of your cells. They produce the chemical that your body uses for energy, which is ATP. Working out regularly stimulates the development of new mitochondria in your cells, which then results in your body being able to produce more ATP over time. This not only gives you more energy physically, it also boosts brain power.

So let’s sum it up: regular exercise = more mitochondria = more ATP = more energy + brain power

P.S. You’re welcome for teaching you more in a few paragraphs than you learned in an entire year of high school biology.

 

So there it is Dreamers. The benefits of exercise extend far beyond the physical. Working out will not only give you a rockin’ booty, it’ll also benefit your mental state, emotional state, AND your ability to get things done. Convinced? We sure are.

Until next time.

85 Comments

  • Kelsey&Kenecha

    December 16, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Definitely some great benefits of excercise!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 17, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      We so agree!

  • Laura Mitbrodt

    December 17, 2017 at 3:15 am

    I always feel amazing after the gym
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 17, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      It’s the BEST feeling!

  • talesoftwo

    December 17, 2017 at 4:10 am

    I agree with all 5 points! Although I am not at all a gym junkie, my love for fitness has come a long way since 3 years ago. I enjoy going gym and recently joined swimming. All the extra activity is certainly toning my body slowly (which is how I like it). Feels soo good to see improvement !

    http://www.talesoftwoblog.blogspot.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 17, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Swimming is one of the BEST workouts! I grew up swimming and Ben has recently become addicted. Improvement from your hard word is SO satisfying!

  • Amita

    December 17, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    This is such a great post! I love exercising (most days) because it gives me so much energy and positivity! There’s so many great benefits to exercise, it’s incredible to see what you can push your mind and body to do!

    amerzwithlove.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 17, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks Amita! Our bodies AND minds really are amazing machines!

  • Nancy

    December 17, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I agree with a lot of these benefits from exercising. I do feel like I get better sleep from exercising – maybe because I’m using up all of my excess energy XD. Though, I never knew about the boosting productivity part. I would exercise before work to wake me up but it makes sense that productivity would be linked to this. Thanks for sharing!

    exquisitely.me

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Isn’t the science behind it interesting?? Whenever we’re able to work out first thing in the morning, it always sets us up for a super productive day!

  • Constance

    December 17, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Exercising is amazing and it definitely helps me to sleep better.

    http://www.mursway.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Us too! It’s a great way to naturally wear yourself out and calm your mind!

  • Gabrielle

    December 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    All of these points are so, SO important. I think it’s often underestimated just how powerful exercise can be on our minds! I love it’s ability to reduce stress, and it definitely helps you feel as though you’re more capable – can keep on plodding on and doing your thiiiiing haha. Have a great week ahead!

    aglassofice.com
    x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 17, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      We so agree! We’ve heard the quote that exercise is the most underused anti-anxiety ‘med’ and we couldn’t agree more. Keeping pushing forward and it’ll ALL come together!
      You too Gabby!

  • Britney

    December 17, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    I’ve been having some trouble falling asleep recently. I really should try to get back into doing my ab exercises before bed. Plus, my ab muscles are fading. lol

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 17, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      Haha noooo! Not the abs! Having a routine like doing it right before bed is such a great way to get your body tired, but also get your brain to recognize that it’s time to turn off!

  • Deborah

    December 18, 2017 at 12:56 am

    I love these reasons! I do think running often increases productivity and self esteem. Have a great week ahead

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 18, 2017 at 1:25 am

      It absolutely does! We love running so much.
      You too Deborah!

  • Emily

    December 18, 2017 at 1:41 am

    I definitely cannot go a week without exercise! I LOVE to exercise. I used to be a personal trainer too. I find that now a days I enjoy it from all the other benefits mentioned here. It really does help with everything else in your life! Great post. πŸ™‚

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 18, 2017 at 2:10 am

      Thanks Emily! No week is complete without workouts. It’s so hard when you have to take time off!

  • Gellie

    December 18, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I agree with all of these especially the better sleep. Ever since I started going to the gym again, I feel more relaxed once I get back home. Not to mention my coach also told me to get enough hours of sleep so I can reach my goal faster and healthier. πŸ™‚

    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 18, 2017 at 2:11 am

      That’s a great coach you have! Getting enough sleep is SO vital to reaching your goals. Good thing that working out helps you sleep better!

  • Zhanna

    December 18, 2017 at 4:22 am

    I agree with all of these benefits. Working out not only helps you improve your body or build muscles but also builds your confidence, which is the main ingredient of any success.
    http://www.morethandestination.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 19, 2017 at 1:30 am

      You’re absolutely right Zhanna! The confidence boost is so key and it applies to ALL areas of your life!

  • Marina W

    December 18, 2017 at 5:06 am

    You give some of the best advice πŸ™‚
    Sometimes I’m just too lazy to work out and be active, especially when you have a full-time job, I need to start working out!!

    – Marina

    http://waitmarinawho.blogspot.tw/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 19, 2017 at 1:31 am

      Thank you Marina! Even a 20-30 minute walk is a good start. You’ll quickly become addicted to the way you feel from it as you get stronger!

  • jane

    December 18, 2017 at 7:07 am

    It definitely fights off stress and help to sleep well.
    Great articles to keep in mind,.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 19, 2017 at 1:31 am

      Thanks Jane!

  • wendee

    December 18, 2017 at 8:15 am

    these are all important reasons to start working out. I need to do this.
    The Glossychic

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 19, 2017 at 1:31 am

      They really are. So much benefit to your whole life!

  • Christianne

    December 18, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I do love exercise!it really helps a lot…and it definitely help to reduce your stress from work..!!

    Xo,christianne
    http://SIMPLYCHRISTIANNE.COM

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 19, 2017 at 1:32 am

      Amen lady! I couldn’t even count the times I’ve rushed out after a crazy stressful day and then felt a million times better after working out!

  • Nevena Krstic

    December 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    These are all great benefits! πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 19, 2017 at 1:32 am

      Thanks Nevena! We think so too!

  • Gemma

    December 19, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Such a great post! Really enjoyed finding out these benefits. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 21, 2017 at 12:49 am

      Thanks Gemma! We appreciate that!

  • Jyoti

    December 19, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Very true! Exercise really reduces tension and stress. Wonderful post dear <3
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 21, 2017 at 12:49 am

      It’s honestly one of the BEST stress reducers! Thanks Jyoti!

  • Barbiegirl06

    December 19, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    This post is so beneficial! Thanks for sharing, I really needed to read something like this.

    https://barbiegirl06.wordpress.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 21, 2017 at 12:49 am

      Thanks lady!

  • Rachel

    December 19, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    These are all great benefits, and I’ve definitely noticed a lot of them! I didn’t know that exercise improved sleep, but what you wrote totally makes sense. Now that I work out pretty consistently, I usually fall asleep within minutes of my head hitting the pillowcase, especially if I’ve worked out that day!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 21, 2017 at 12:50 am

      Right?? The days we fit in killer workouts are almost a guaranteed good nights sleep! And even when you haven’t, it really helps regulate your sleep cycle!

  • Federica Di Nardo

    December 19, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Totally agree!
    It helps me with productivity A LOT!

    Federica
    http://www.federicadinardo.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 21, 2017 at 12:51 am

      YES! We’re always ready to tackle the day after hitting the gym. And with more focus too!

  • Becky

    December 20, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Love this! I remember when I was working out I was a lot more productive, now I haven’t been to the gym in weeks and barely can get anything done. Definitely have to get back soon, thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 21, 2017 at 12:51 am

      It’s crazy when you can actually SEE the difference in your productivity levels when you take a break from working out. You’d like workouts would sap your energy, but we usually feel WAY more energized and productive when we’re working out regularly!

  • the adventurer

    December 20, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Loved reading through these non physical benefits =o) I agree with the de stressing. Throughout university I loved hitting the gym to get moving and take my mind off the projects I was working on. Running always helped clear my mind too. Now if I am feeling stressed I jump on my yoga mat and flow =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 21, 2017 at 12:52 am

      Yoga is SO good for that. When we were getting to classes regularly there was a noticeable difference in our stress levels. It’s something we need to make a priority in the coming months!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    December 20, 2017 at 5:15 am

    The stress benefit is HUGE for me. Working out is basically my therapy!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 21, 2017 at 12:52 am

      FREE therapy! It’s the best!

  • Kuks

    December 20, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    there is something about exercising that makes you feel so good afterwards.
    Wonder Cottage

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 21, 2017 at 12:53 am

      There’s honestly nothing like it. All those yummy endorphins!

  • Amy

    December 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I love all your fitness post. As someone who’s trying to exercise more, I find these posts so motivating and inspiring. I’ve never exercised on a regular basis before (apart from dance classes as a teen), and I’d really love to. I see so many people online talking about how great it makes them feel and I wish I made time for it. I’m definitely going to try harder to make time!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 21, 2017 at 12:54 am

      Amy! This comment made us SO happy. We’re stoked that you’re wanting to make fitness a bigger part of your life! You won’t be sorry you did. Play around with different classes, and see what you actually ENJOY doing. This will make it so much easier to find time for it! You’ve got this!

  • Allison

    December 21, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Hi Susie and Ben! Found you on another blog I’ve been reading for a few years and I’m so glad I did 😊. I have been really slacking on my exercise and my healthy lifestyle this blog has given me an extra push if you will to move forward with my personal goals, so thank you. I look forward to continue to reading your blog in the future πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 21, 2017 at 3:04 am

      Thank you Allison! WE are so glad that YOU found us! We have PLENTY of firsthand knowledge about falling off the health and fitness wagon, but the wonderful thing is, is that it’s ALWAYS here waiting for you! We’re so excited to have you as part of the community and to help you with your goals. You’ve got this!

  • Chanel

    December 21, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Exercise is pretty great. I love to go on long walks around my neighborhood and on the local track. Its nice to find a place and space to reflect, listen to ebooks, and just burn some calories.

    Thanks for sharing!
    x,
    S | Je M’appelle Chanel

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 22, 2017 at 1:55 am

      We love that Chanel! The only thing that can get me on a long walk is a great podcast. It goes by so quickly that way!

  • jordan @ dancing for donuts

    December 21, 2017 at 4:32 am

    YES to all of this!!!! honestly i think my favorite part of working out is the mental clarity it gives me (in addition to the major self-esteem and productivity boost!). i don’t meditate, but i like to work out while listening to my podcasts, and that’s my version of it πŸ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 22, 2017 at 1:56 am

      AMEN! Without working out, we’d both be a hot mess with all of our thoughts and stress haha. I definitely stalk your post on great podcasts on a regular basis! So many great ones!

  • The pink pineapple

    December 21, 2017 at 10:44 am

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 22, 2017 at 1:56 am

      Thanks lady! Apps are so helpful with fitness!

  • Laura

    December 21, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    A wonderful post, I started getting fit in 2012 and I’ve never looked back. There’s nothing better than getting fit, it seriously helps the mind body and soul.

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 22, 2017 at 2:30 am

      YES Laura! You’re amazing! Staying consistent is no joke, it’s seriously hard work! It SO does, there’s really nothing like it!

  • Sheena Sy Gonzales

    December 22, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Never knew exercising had so much more benefits that physical health. This actually motivated me to exercise more haha

    Sheena | http://sheenalovessunsets.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 23, 2017 at 2:37 am

      Yay! We love hearing that! Honestly, the non-physical benefits are even better than the physical ones! You just feel SO GOOD!

  • Andrea

    December 22, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I totally agree!! In fact when Im on finals periods is when I need the most to exercise, because I get to sleep better and I feel super relieve when Im done exercising, like my problems are way smaller!

    Andrea//

    https://justohana.blogspot.com.es

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 23, 2017 at 2:37 am

      It’s so true though! And it’s a tricky balance because those are usually the times when we blow off working out, but it’s the time we need it MOST!

  • Nicole

    December 22, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I cant find myself consistent with the working out thing. I will do it for 1 week and then slip back into my lazy routine. Something i will work on in 2018.

    http://www.glitsxgrace.com/2017/12/22/natural-hair-tag-my-story/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 23, 2017 at 2:38 am

      That’s a constant struggle no matter who you are! One of the biggest keys is just doing a LITTLE most days. The slower you build it up, the more sustainable it will be!

  • Miriam – londonkitchendiaries.com

    December 22, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Amazing how many non-physical benefits there are, I definitely feel more energized when I exercise, it is such a great way boost your mood. Have a wonderful Christmas and a great start to the New Year!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 23, 2017 at 2:38 am

      The energy is undeniable. And it’s so worth the sweat!

  • Pauline

    December 22, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I AM NODDING AND CLAPPING AT THIS POST. YES, GIRL.

    I started my fitness journey last year and I can’t agree with you enough! Physical benefits are great and the ones that are most talked about but these non-physical benefits are just as awesome. Self-esteem and confidence boost is the main one for me, I’ve been able to say yes and feel confident to more things because I’ve become so confident in my own skin! It’s freeing πŸ˜€

    Have a wonderful Christmas! πŸ˜€

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 23, 2017 at 2:39 am

      And girl, may we say that you look AMAZING! And we love putting it like that – being confident IS freeing on so many levels! You’ve been killing it with your fitness and 2018 is only going to bring you higher!

  • Настя

    December 22, 2017 at 9:44 pm

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  • Rakesh Birchi

    December 23, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I think sleeping is also a good exercise for brain. Although a physical exercise mean you have to work out for your body.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 23, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      Ha, we completely agree! Non-physical benefits are the happy side effects of working out physically!

  • carly

    December 24, 2017 at 12:34 am

    I’m right there with you on needing a workout to prevent grumpiness. With so many benefits I can never understand why everyone doesnt work out at least a little bit

    Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 26, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Agreed! A great workout can honestly completely change your mood! And thank goodness for that haha

  • Jeanne

    December 25, 2017 at 2:30 am

    This is so true! This reminds me – I have to get back to exercising!

    http://www.jeannieinabottleblog.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 26, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Do it! Your body AND mind will be so happy you did πŸ™‚

  • Kya

    December 26, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Great post and reminder on the numerous positives of exercise! As someone who is affected by mental illness, including depression, one of the hardest parts is finding the motivation to begin. I am in the stage of starting small with light exercise. πŸ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 26, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks Kya! And that’s AMAZING! Starting slow, light, and easy is ALWAYS the best method. As you build up slowly, you’ll be able to (and WANT to!) maintain it that way! One thing that helps with motivation is to promise yourself that if you’re not feeling it after 10-15 minutes, you’ll let yourself stop. That shorter period usually gets you started, and then once you’re in it, you’re able to push yourself through!

  • talesoftwo

    January 15, 2018 at 9:35 am

    I’m struggling from the post holiday lack of motivation so it’s a good thing I came across this post. Off to the gym I go! xx

    http://talesoftwoblog.blogspot.com.au

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 15, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Ah haha we FEEL you girl! We got this!

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