No Brainer: Exercise helps body, mind

Bekah Moenning , Head Sports Editor

In my personal experience with sports and working out I have come to love, crave, and endure exercise. Throughout the years of mostly constant exertion, I have learned it has benefited me as a person, both mentally and physically. Exercise is vital to the human race because of all of the positive outcomes associated with it and the effect it has on people.

Everybody knows that exercise is important because of the health factors. Daily exercise helps keep a healthy weight, and it lowers the risk of certain diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. However, I am not going to bore you with what you already know.  

When a person exercises, chemicals in the body called endorphins are released into the brain, changing one’s perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling within the body, making the person exercising feeling good and happy.

Everybody deserves to feel good and be happy, and getting exercise plays a role in that. Activities that cause one’s body to push itself leaves the person feeling accomplished and feeling great about themselves. The boost in self-confidence leads to a healthier lifestyle and a positive outlook on the world.

It is no secret that exercise sometimes hurts; I know for a fact that it does. Running cross-country for six years and track for four, I have learned that persevering through the work outs is always difficult but always worth it. Even if the work out is mile repeats on a hard dirt road, and I can’t breathe, my legs and lungs are burning, and my mouth is dry, I know that after, I will drink some water, and the soreness in my muscles will reflect me working hard and not giving up.

With exercise, there is almost always a goal. Whether that goal be doing 10 push ups without rest, or completing 20 minutes of core exercises, there is a goal. When a person reaches a goal there is always a certain amount of ecstasy and a feeling of pride. Within these goals you are getting stronger, you can handle more pain, and your brain is becoming more active and responsive.

Another thing I have experienced from exercising and participating in a sport is you meet some of the best people. When you have a work-out buddy, or a work-out crew you learn from each other, grow together, and you experience the same pain and bliss produced while exercising creating a bond more special than others.

This past 2017 cross-country season I was lucky enough to compete with, train with, and be with some of the greatest girls. They pushed me through my limits, lifted me up, and helped me through my goals of the season. We all cared for one another and it made exercising something to look forward, not dread.  

A countless number of people have asked me why I run, and why I work-out, because to them it is not something that sounds appealing. My answer is simple – I do it because I’m the happiest after I exercise in some way and I know I am going to continue doing it for a very long time.

Exercise is important, and it creates a feeling that should be desired. Once you get into the habit of it, it becomes a routine that you never feel quite complete without. So, my advice to those who see exercise as a waste of time, or something built to cause people misery, is to give it a try before you decide against it. You won’t regret it.