Yes, I am biased when it comes to the opinion above as I am a personal trainer but hear me out. Self-care is about taking care of the person's emotional, mental, and physical health. Here are 3 reasons why I believe fitness is the best form of self-care.
First, is the endless amount of physical benefits it has on our bodies. From improved cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol, improved bone density, etc. I cannot tell you how many I have trained that came with ailing body parts and was able to correct it with exercise. Now I am not saying exercise heals all conditions, but for most cases that are not severe, exercise can help correct its course. My mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis 4 years ago and through strength training, her bone density improved to the point that she no longer has to take pills for it!
Secondly, how exercise helps with mental health. Exercise is a great way to deal with depression and anxiety. When you elevate your heart rate, so does your breathing. This releases endorphins, which can enhance your well-being. Also, when you work out intensely, you won't have time to worry about the things that was bothering you. Exercise allows that golden time to work on you, and that's what I tell people. "This is YOUR time."
Lastly, is how fitness improves the quality of life. Being fit versus sedentary makes a big difference in what you can and cannot do. For example, you will be less likely to miss your flight because you are able to run fast to your gate. Or enjoy that intense hiking trail because your legs can handle the incline and decline. Quality of life is such a priority as we get older and there is no better self-care than fitness that will help with strength, cardiovascular endurance, balance, core, and flexibility.
Hope you enjoyed this month's blog. Stay tuned for more next month -Kei