The Mental Benefits of Exercise

We already know that exercise is good for your body, but did you know that it can help you manage depression, anxiety, stress, and more? People who exercise regularly tend to feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, and feel more relaxed and happier about life. Exercise is a powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges!

Fighter of Depression!

One study found that running for 15 minutes daily or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%! Exercise is a mighty warrior against depression for a few reasons! Exercise promotes neural growth and inflammation reduction, releases feel-good endorphins, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calmness. Working out also serves as a distraction, allowing one to break the cycle of negative thoughts that fuel depression!

Kicks Anxiety’s Ass!

Exercise is a natural and effective anxiety treatment as it relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being by releasing endorphins. Anything that gets you moving can help, but you’ll feel more significant benefits if you pay attention to your body instead of zoning out during your workout. Notice the sensation in your feet planted on the ground, the rhythm of your breathing, or the feeling of the wind on your skin. Adding this mindfulness element can help ease anxious thoughts.

Annihilates Stress!

When stressed, your body feels tense, leaving your muscles, neck, and back in pain. Stress can cause insomnia, heartburn, and stomachaches, which causes stress more about these physical manifestations. It becomes a vicious cycle between your mind and body! Exercising is an effective way to break this cycle. Along with the released endorphins, physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension.

Reduces ADHD Symptoms!

Exercising regularly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce symptoms of ADHD. Exercise can improve concentration, motivation, memory, and mood by boosting your brain’s feel-good chemicals (dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin) that all impact your attention and focus.

PTSD Doesn’t Stand a Chance!

Evidence suggests that focusing on your body and how it feels during exercise can help your nervous system become “unstuck” and move out of the immobilizing stress response that comes from PTSD and trauma. Some of your best options include cross movement, engaging both arms and legs like walking, running, swimming, or weight training! Outdoor activities like hiking, sailing, rock climbing, and skiing have also been shown to reduce PTSD symptoms.

Bonus Benefits

  • Builds mental and emotional resilience to life’s challenges!
  • It improves your memory and concentration!
  • Boosts your sense of self-worth!
  • Improves your sleep quality!
  • More energy during the day!

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