How the fitness industry helps improve your mental health
In our daily lives, we find a variety of things to motivate us. Some of us look to excel at work, others aim to reach peak fitness or maintain a healthy diet. Yet, most of us fail to make the same effort with our mental health. Its importance to our being and our productivity is often underestimated. Conscious of this tendency, Mental Health America has been celebrating May as Mental Health Awareness Month since 1949. They use the occasion to reach out to people in an effort to destigmatize mental health struggles.
"Everyone understands the physical benefits of exercise, but it’s important to study the mental aspects as well. Exercise improves your mood, aids in relieving stress, helps with self-confidence, and boosts our creativity and thinking capacity too."
- Deep Moorjani, Co-Founder of The Box Performance Training Hub
Physical and mental health go hand in hand. In a study published by BMC Medicine with over 150,000 participants, it was found that individuals with lower cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. Undeniably, the fitness industry plays a key role in helping people maintain a healthy mind. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which this industry helps promote mental health awareness.
Sets Healthy Goals and Ambitions:
It is not unusual to see clients who harbor unrealistic goals when they walk into fitness studios. From ads to media trends, the image of a healthy body is very distorted. For trainers, it is vital to highlight the difference between a “perfect” body and a healthy body to their clients. Mapping out personalized journeys with achievable goals can help clients appreciate their growth at every turn. It would also give them the motivation to aim higher without any sort of burnout. From structured weight loss programs to core fitness exercises or yoga and Pilates routines, fitness studios can create and schedule any number of routines and programs that focus on physical and mental wellbeing in a structured manner.
The past year was stressful and dubious. People sought out activities like Pilates, yoga, and mental health exercises like meditation to recuperate from the stress brought on by work overload, the fear of losing jobs, and more. It is now clear to see the role these exercises play in helping improve one’s mental health and quality of life. Under professional watch, one could maintain such routines comfortably. This would further ensure long-term fitness of mind and body.
Creates Trustworthy Allies:
Many times, people who struggle with some issues are skeptical about asking for help. Especially when it comes to their mental health, they often underestimate their problems and brush them under the carpet. Fitness coaches who oversee the mental wellbeing of their members are valuable allies. They can help them navigate their issues without making them feel invalidated. People skeptical about asking for professional help can reach out to their coach if they feel any stress. Subsequently, trainers can offer immediate emotional support and also direct them to seek professional help.
Enhances Self Esteem:
By establishing a healthy routine and aiming for consistent progress, we create a system for ourselves that brings a sense of achievement every time we reach a milestone. Whether it’s losing those first five pounds or perfecting your form on a push-up - the joy we find in even the simplest of goals is unmatchable! We begin to feel more confident in our abilities and try to do better with each passing day. This feeling won’t be limited to our physical exercises but extend to other spheres of our life as well. Trainers bring in their expertise and understanding of motivating factors to help clients build their self-esteem over time. Moreover, they will ensure your routines are maintained in spite of any hurdles along the way!
Impacts People in Need:
Studies suggest that any form of physical exercise can help in improving one’s mental health. But, with a fitness coach in the equation, the chances of skipping the drills are low. In addition, people who struggle with low mental wellbeing often find it challenging to do their daily tasks. So it is obvious that exercise will not be the first thing on their mind. However, enrolling in classes, hiring a personal trainer, and working towards their personal goals helps them build and maintain a healthy habit in the long run.
If you would like to know more about how fitness studios have not just gone about their business but thrived through the pandemic, check out the inspiring story of SerenaFit! In an extensive conversation with Omnify, Serena Scanzillo opens up about her journey as a trainer and the impact she made along the way.