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Working out is brilliant in that it helps you get closer to your health and fitness goals and also helps you achieve the look or shape that you are aiming for. What about how exercise affects your mind though?
There are two kinds of stress, "good" stress and not so good stress. A certain amount of stress, physically certainly is necessary in training and some would say that mental stress has its place in modern day life in that it "keeps you sharp" or motivates you. These are of course lower and manageable levels of stress, not the levels of stress which can cause or contribute to illnesses and even, studies suggest, a shortening of your life span.
We are what we eat (apparently) as well as ourgenetics define our success in training to meet health and fitness goals according to some "experts". In that case why do we bother? We bother because we have more control over your life that these findings would suggest, something that is backed up by the study of epigenetics. Those knowledgeable about genetics and all things cell-related will tell you that epigenetics is the study of (in basic terms) how environmental factors can alter genes (effectively activating them and switching them off) and more.