Calm Your MInd with Exercise
By Donna Kostiew
For the most part, when people work out, their end goal is usually all about improving their physical health. Perhaps it’s because they want to lose weight, or maybe their doctor suggested it, or else they just want to play a game of hoops with their child without running out of breath. It doesn’t really matter what the reason may be because the benefits of being physically active will still appear. But in addition to all of the physical benefits that exercise offers, our mental health benefits greatly as well. Let’s take a look at why.
Calm Down with Exercise
Exercise isn’t only great for the body, it’s great for the mind too!
- Relieves stress – Stress is a factor in everyone’s lives and exercising is an effective way to reduce it. Exercise helps manage physical stress by relieving tension and relaxing the body’s muscles, and improves mental stress by releasing chemicals in the brain that create feelings of happiness and that help the body manage it better.
- Increases self-confidence – Being physically fit can boost self-esteem and confidence. Regardless of where you are on your fitness journey, exercise can help you to start feeling good about yourself. And when you feel good, things begin to change and that positive attitude and glowing confidence will radiate from your head to your toes.
- Keep your brain sharp – As we age, our memory and cognitive abilities begin to decline and we start to lose many important brain functions in the process. Exercise boosts the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration, so consider staying as active as you can each and every day.
- Have more energy – Want to feel and perform better during your day? Take a walk! Studies have shown that exercise can help boost your endurance and increase your energy, so take a step away from that desk and get your blood pumping!
- Deepen relationships – The relationships and connections to people that we have in our life can positively affect our mental health and a great way of cultivating that is through exercise. This can be achieved by joining a fitness class or including family and friends in your workouts.
- Improved sleep – Exercise is a great prescription for getting better sleep. It has been shown to increase vitality and reduce sleepiness in the daytime, which helps to get your natural sleep cycle back on schedule. We all know how it feels the day after a bad night of sleep, so by improving that and getting better rest, you can essentially improve mental health without even realizing it.
Having your own set of reasons for wanting to exercise is great … you really can’t go wrong with any of them. But don’t forget the benefits you will receive for your mental health as well. And if you are having a bad day or need some creative juices to start flowing at work, get your body moving!
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