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The Mental and Psychological Benefits of Boot Camp



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Everyone knows that boot camp workouts are great at transforming your body into a lean, mean, hard-muscled machine. But have you ever thought about the fact that boot camp fitness also allows you to reap mental and psychological benefits? It’s true, and Boot Camp San Francisco (BCSF) is no exception. Here are some of the ways that your mind will benefit when you exercise with us outside at one of our beautiful locations.

Boot Camp Workouts Release Endorphins

Exercise has been proven to release endorphins in your body. These tiny molecules are similar to morphine in structure and function, but they originate from within the body, making them a completely natural and safe way to feel better. When endorphins hit the receptors in your brain, they trigger positive feelings, boost your self-esteem, reduce your perception of pain, and lower the likelihood that you’ll feel depressed. If you have been in a funk and don’t know how to get out of it, you should try some good old-fashioned exercise. Even if you have to force yourself to do it the first few times, your body will know what to do, producing the endorphins that lift your mood almost unconsciously. By the end of your workout, you may even catch yourself smiling unconsciously.

Boot Camp Workouts Symbolize Winning In Other Areas of Your Life

When you attend boot camp sessions with BCSF, you’ll be amazed at how pushing yourself to complete a workout will overlap with benefits in your work and personal life. Struggling with productivity at work? Fighting to overcome personal hurdles at home? Sometimes all it takes to turn a losing streak into a winning streak is to get some wins in ANY area of your life. So when you break your record for the most push-ups you’ve ever done, or when you run to the top of all 200 stairs on Elizabeth Street at our Noe Valley workout, you might just find that the victory in your fitness routine spills over into the other areas of your life.

Boot Camp Workouts Make You Mentally Tough

Where does mental toughness come from? If you’ve ever pursued athletic accomplishments at any level, you know that the mental battle can almost be bigger than the physical battle. It is very, very hard to keep going when you’re saying to yourself, “I can’t do this. I’m done. I’m spent. I’m completely out of anything else to give.” Once you get into this mentality of demotivation and defeat, you will very quickly stop pushing. On the other hand, if you have the mental toughness to keep saying to yourself, “I’ve got this! I will NOT quit. Watch me triumph! Who cares if my feet hurt? Who cares if my lungs burn? This is me getting stronger for the next time,” then you will be amazed at how much further you can go.

Our coaches here at Boot Camp San Francisco are amazing at helping you to stay motivated and build that mental toughness, so give our Boot Camp a try and reap both the mental and the physical benefits of your boot camp workout.