VCU HR Well-Being blog

Giving VCU employees the wellness resources they need to be healthy both on and off campus

Exercise is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle size. People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives.

Exercise can help provide:

Sharper memory and thinking. The same endorphins that make you feel better also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp for routine tasks. Exercise also stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps prevent age cognitive decline.

Higher self-esteem. Regular activity is an investment in your mind, body, and soul. When it becomes a habit, it can foster your sense of self-worth and make you feel strong and powerful. You will feel better about your appearance and, by meeting even small exercise goals, you’ll feel a sense of achievement.

Better sleep. Even short bursts of exercise in the morning or afternoon can help regulate your sleep patterns. If you prefer to exercise at night, relaxing exercises such as yoga or gentle stretching can help promote sleep.

More energy. Increasing your heart rate several times a week will give you more get-up-and-go. Start with just a few minutes of exercise per day, and increase your workouts, as you feel more energized.

Stronger resilience. When faced with mental or emotional challenges in life, exercise can help you build resilience and cope in a healthy way, instead of resorting to alcohol, drugs, or other negative behaviors that ultimately only make your symptoms worse.

So there you have it. A healthy mind and healthy body work hand in hand!


Did you know VCU Work*Life*Well-Being offers weekly exercise classes? Check them out at Ramstrong@vcu.edu or sign up in Talent@VCU.

On Ramstrong@vcu.edu there are also chair yoga videos! Do one today and have a healthy mind and healthy body!

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