Exercise can make one feel better mentally and physically. It is important to have good health in the mental aspects as well as the physical aspects. Exercise can help aid in creating this wholeness. On that note, I would like to say that I believe that the mind-body connection is one of co-existence. What I mean by that is that, not only does exercise contribute to the well-being of mental and physical aspects, but the process of going through what is right or wrong for one person or another can assist in developing a deeper understanding of where that person is at and connecting that to the person’s future.
For example, say Jane wanted to start an exercise routine. First, she would determine why she wants to do this. Say the first goal here is to lose some body fat. Jane wants to initially shed excess pounds, so she hires a personal trainer. This personal trainer does a thorough consultation with Jane, in which Jane discovers that she is not sure how she feels about herself in this moment. This leads Jane and her personal trainer to connect to a deeper level of thought. Now Jane has to figure out how she feels, what she hopes to accomplish in the near and far future, and how her goals might be achieved. This is the beginning of the mind-body connection. Throughout the process, if Jane is open enough to understanding that her mental and physical aspects relate to one another, Jane becomes more aware of herself and begins to lose that fat. In return, Jane not only gets a physical achievement, but a mental one as well. Her mind and body have connected. One feeds off of the other.