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How Regular Exercise Affects Mental Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

Exercise is so good for the body. We’ve all been told about the many benefits, and most people have even experienced at least a few for themselves. Bigger muscles, weight loss, looser clothes. What’s not to love about exercise? As it turns out, the benefits are likely even bigger than we originally thought. Exercise, when done on a regular basis, may actually give mental health a significant boost. If you’re not taking exercise seriously yet, take a look at how movement can affect mental health, and then get moving right away.

It Produces Important Chemicals in the Body

Exercise produces chemicals in the body that promote good mental health. When you start moving, the body produces both adrenaline and endorphins. These two chemicals work together to level moods and make you feel good about your body and life. If you exercise regularly, these chemicals are produced regularly, and your moods are more likely to remain stable. If you’re ever feeling down, getting in a quick sweat session may be all it takes to boost your mood and make you feel like yourself again.  

It Improves Self Perception

Exercise definitely improves physical health. You might lose weight and develop stronger muscles. You’ll almost surely feel better about the way that you look. And feeling good in your own skin is a huge step toward better mental health. Even a small bit of exercise may bring about this new positive perspective, as well as a significant rise in mental wellness.

It Provides Energy

Exercise can help raise energy levels in a very big way. At first, you might feel incredibly tired. But over time, your body gets used to the movement and adjusts. Soon, you’ll likely notice that you have more energy than ever before. You get up with a little more pep in your step. You have an easier time resting, which further contributes to your energy. And the more energy you have, the more active you can be, and the better you’ll feel about your life. People with good mental health are active and engaged, and the more energy you have, the easier it is to accomplish this task.

There’s no reason -- or at least no good reason -- to skip exercise. But there are a million reasons to hit the gym! Find something you like, get moving, and enjoy the benefits -- both physical and mental -- that come with the choice to get active every day.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chandler, Ariz.

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