Fitness & Exercise

Know Competition

by Kevin Jackson

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What are the mental health benefits of exercise?
Exercise is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle size. Of course, exercise can improve your physical health and your physique, trim your waistline, improve your level of physical endurance, and even add years to your life. But that’s not what motivates most people to stay active.


Many of my clients have all of whom have varying needs, typically have continued working or training with me beyond achieving their physical goals as a means to sleeping better, feeling more relaxed and maintaining a positive mindset. Regular exercise is said to be a powerful medicine for many common mental health disorders and illnesses.


Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, and ADHD. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a real difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to deal with mental health problems, improve your energy and outlook, and get more out of life.


About Kevin Jackson and Know Competition Fitness 
I have been a fitness enthusiast for fifteen years and obtained my personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in January of 2008. Most recently, I have become certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist through NASM. In addition, I'm certified in Kettlebell 1 and TRX Suspension Training, and currently working on my next goal of becoming a Sports Nutrition Specialist.
 
I have been involved in sports most of my life, and have been fortunate enough to play division 1 football for the University of Akron. Being involved with the Zips strength and conditioning program is what initially sparked my interest in becoming a trainer. I wanted to know the science behind programming and how to make myself a more efficient athlete. 
 
I'm extremely passionate about fitness and love helping people achieve their goals. I understand what it’s like to balance a busy schedule while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Anything worth having won't come easy. Progress should always be the goal, not perfection. it’s like to balance a busy schedule while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Anything worth having won't come easy. Progress should always be the goal, not perfection.
 

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