We offer one-on-one personal training, a variety of fitness classes, world-class facilities and a membership that provides plenty of perks (not to mention you can try us out for free for 3 days!). But beyond that, it’s about the culture that Pro Fitness RI has. We don’t think that “fit” is a destination — it’s a way of life!
No matter the specific reasons you want to get in shape, there’s no denying that it takes a serious commitment to be consistent about accomplishing your fitness goals. We think that Pro Fitness RI offers the kind of supportive, energetic community that will keep you motivated to reach your personal fitness goals.
GET IN SHAPE AND WATCH HOW YOUR LIFE CHANGES
That being said, we are pretty sure it’s safe to say that everyone could use an extra dose of inspiration from time to time. That’s why we are writing about a few of the lesser-known ways getting fit could change your life for the better!
Let’s start with one that most people think of right off the bat — confidence. But whether you’ve been content with your physical appearance for a while or you have never felt that way, societal expectations certainly don’t help our efforts to feel good about ourselves when we are constantly comparing ourselves to unrealistic standards of beauty.
It’s also fair to say that wanting to get physically healthier doesn’t mean you are giving in to cultural pressures about what you should and shouldn’t look like. A lot of folks want to get into shape for the right reasons. We’d argue that boosting your self-confidence is certainly among them as well. What’s more, this uptick in how you feel about yourself doesn’t have to be when you’ve finally “arrived” at a physical state you are pleased with. Remember, fitness is a lifestyle and a journey, not a destination!
So don’t feel guilty about feeling good about the progress you are making! Celebrate it! Even if it’s something as seemingly negligible as your slacks feeling a little looser, it’s worth drinking a beer and eating some fries about! (We kid).
There’s a difference between positive stress, or eustress, and negative stress, which is another term for negative stress. Eustress helps us feel alive. It’s that anticipatory feeling we get before we go to a party or on a date. Distress is obviously not that; it’s unwanted stress that results in a stress response. This stress response might be physiological or psychological, but there’s a safe bet that other parts of our lives are going to suffer when we are “stressed out.”
Here’s some good news: being fit and exercising regularly has been studied and proven to reduce stress levels. Whether the root of your stress is relational, spiritual, personal, or professional, a good way to get ahold of your state of mind is to put your body to work.
Remember how we said this theory has been studied and proven? That’s true, and what’s even better about the study is that it was performed by Harvard Medical School. And while most of us already know that exercise reduces stress on some level, you might be interested in learning how it happens in particular.
Exercising consistently pushes your body to moderate stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Workout out will aid in bringing your endorphins levels up a bit, which makes us feel generally happy. What’s more, regular exercise will cause neurochemicals such as serotonin and dopamine to get a boost. These neurochemicals will work in concert with the previously mentioned endorphins to help reduce anxiety and promote calmness.
We aren’t sure about you, but we would welcome both of those things taking place with open arms!