5. EASING AND REPLACING NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS
Positive thoughts are the ideal replacement candidates for negative ones. The expected result is the cultivation of a growth mind set. Frequent and intense strength-training exercises increase the production of BDNF protein (a natural “feel-good” factor) in our brains, which allows positive thoughts to flow easily and frequently. When we exercise and focus on our breath, we release tension and therefore feel “lighter” and more “in the flow” of life; we are therefore more at ease and act less impulsively because we are in calm control of our life as independent individuals.