Life gets crazy for all of us. Whether it’s a nightmare client at work, a tight deadline for a paper at school, or a child that won’t sleep through the night, there are challenges and difficulties at every turn. We get it. And that’s why we’re here to help. On the face of it, going to TSF (Treat Self First) is about improvements in your physical wellbeing, but here are four reasons why training regularly offers more than just a leaner, healthier body:
1. It provides structure to life
A regular exercise routine provides some structure and normalcy to your life. Going to TSF (Treat Self First) helps adds a rhythm to the week and makes it easier to find a groove amidst the chaos of life. In addition to better sleep, regular training can help you feel sharper and more prepared to take on the day. You’ll feel stronger and more resilient – not just physically, but mentally. It’s also easier to stay positive about life when you get that regular stimulus.
2. It helps clear your mind
During a training session, you’re focused on executing the workout effectively. While you’re tuned into your body, your breathing and your form, your mind gets a break from worrying about all the other things going on in your life. TSF sessions provide quick access to a brief state of clarity, patience and control. It’s almost like intense struggle helps put the other challenges in your life into perspective, thereby making them seem more manageable.
3. It can make you more productive
If you start your day with a session at TSF, you’ll know that you’ve already been more productive than most people. But more than just getting you off to a great start, a session at Ritual can actually improve your productivity for the rest of the day. Research has also shown that physical exercise helps stimulate the development of mitochondria, which all cells, including the brain, use for energy. This means that working out can help keep you mentally sharp, and ready to tackle what’s to come.
4. It provides a sense of satisfaction
In the short term, getting a workout done provides a sense of immediate accomplishment and satisfaction. Who doesn’t enjoy the post-session fist-bump? In the longer term, giving yourself something to work towards, by setting and meeting fitness targets (e.g. “I’m going to train at least 3 times a week this month”), will lead to even greater feelings of contentment. These achievements help put you in a more positive frame of mind to deal with whatever life throws at you.