Your state of mind is critical to your performance both personally and professionally. Stress and anxiety can drive short-term benefits, but in the long-term it steadily wears you down until you are nothing but a quivering mess.
The Harvard Business Review revealed after a study of business leaders that taking some time away from your daily life each day can cause you to think clearly for the first time in a long time. This could include meditation, breathing exercises, or group exercise.
So how does group exercise manage to have such a profound effect on your mind?
Revolving Around Stress
The main characteristic of someone with a negative state of mind is stress. This usually results from a number of sources. But there are two main ones.
Immediate – These sources of stress are based on the lifestyle you are leading right now. In other words, you are thinking about that project and all the things you have to do when you get home to your family that night. This stress tends to come and go quickly.
Long-Term Stress – Long-term stress may be influenced by previous trauma, but most long-term stress comes from a destructive lifestyle. Constant late nights, a lack of exercise, and a bad diet are just three of the reasons why long-term stress could be hurting you.
Group exercise targets stress and helps you to reduce it. By reducing stress, you can go a long way towards leading a happier lifestyle. You’ll also see benefits at home and in the workplace.
Even if you aren’t a scientist, the chances are you have heard of endorphins before. These are the happy chemicals that are produced by your brain every time you feel good about yourself. For example, if you recently received a promotion the chances are you are on top of the world. It’s the endorphins that are making you feel that way.
Group exercise promotes a larger number of endorphins in the brain. But it’s not just during that one hour of exercise that they are being produced. The endorphin production continues after group exercise and in the run-up to group exercise simply by virtue of you wanting to be there.
How Good Friends Alter Your State of Mind
You may not know that your social circle factors into how you feel. If you are feeling stressed, it may result from the people you are hanging out with. Many people discover that their social circle boils down to their work colleagues, who do nothing but complain about deadlines and office politics.
Such a negative outlook rubs off on everyone in the vicinity. Group exercise places you and your friends in a different setting entirely. This is a place where you don’t have to worry about work, your family, or anything else.
Group exercise has the power of taking you out of a potentially uncomfortable lifestyle. Even a short time away from the rigors of daily life has a profound effect on your state of mind.
Regular practitioners of group exercise are more optimistic, happier, and typically feel less anxious.
More Resistant to Stress
Physically your brain changes every time you participate in a group exercise session. You may not know that different parts of your brain change in volume depending on your lifestyle. The more stressed you are the larger the area of the brain responsible for stress grows. Likewise, the more you reduce stress the more the exact opposite happens.
Over time, you gradually become more resistant to stress. And it all results from group exercise.
Think of the Big Picture
But you have to remember that group exercise alone won’t get the job done. You have to think about how you are going to act to remove stress from all aspects of life. You may have a bad diet or you may be spending too much time at work. Find out what’s causing you to feel stressed and what is negatively affecting your state of mind.
The big picture is everything when it comes to leading a balanced lifestyle. Group exercise is only a part of it; albeit an essential part.
If you are wondering how to get started, you can either start a group of your own or you can join an existing one. Many companies have started group exercise sessions. And if they haven’t they are usually open to doing so. Gather together a group of friends and get your sweat on. You won’t regret it.
How will you change your life today?