Over the weekend, we braved the Lagos rain with a few members of the #fitfam. We spent our Saturday morning working out and learning about how exercise impacts our mental well being.

First of all, we’re going, to be honest, and confess we did not expect Obi (Fit Nigeria) and Kayode Fahm  to work us that hard. We really were not ready. Kayode is a super nice guy and he just exudes peace. The only problem is  my body is not exactly feeling so peaceful right now. Who else found it hard to get out of bed on Sunday morning?

Come on, look at their innocent faces. Who knew they would be so mean!

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It may have been tough, but we really did learn a lot about how much we could push our bodies if we put our minds to it. Some of us did burpees for the first time, some got into the full lotus position for the first time, but we all reached a new level of mental and physical fitness.

While we still recover and stretch out our muscles, here are some things we’d like you to know about the benefits of exercise on your mental well being.

  1. Stronger resilience
  2. Sharper memory and thinking
  3. Better sleep
  4. Higher self-esteem
  5. More positive and relaxed mood

The really great thing about exercise is you don’t have to run 10 miles every day to get these benefits. Just a little bit of activity every day and you’re a step towards healthier body and mind. The true value of exercise, however, lies in training your body to handle stress better.

Imagine being on the rooftop of the CcHub on a wet Saturday morning in October (This shouldn’t be too hard to fathom I take it).

 

This post was originally posted on asktoks.com 

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