These days everyone knows that exercise is healthy and good for their bodies. However, what most people may not be aware of is that it is also one of the best ways to improve mental health.
Regular exercise can have a profound effect on ADHD, Anxiety, and depression among other illnesses. It also helps to improve memory, relief of stress, helping you sleep better and give a boost to mood.
You don’t have to be exercising for hours a day to reap the benefits. If you can find a way to include twenty minutes of exercise into your daily habits, you can still reap the benefits.
So What Are the Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health?
Regularly exercising gives most people a greater sense of well-being. It helps with:
• Feeling more energetic throughout the day.
• Better memory.
• Sleeping better during the night.
• Feeling more relaxed.
• Feeling more positive about themselves.
It also acts as a powerful medicine for most of the common mental health problems people experience.
Exercise and Depression
Studies have been done showing that exercising can help to treat mild to moderate depression just as effectively as taking anti-depressant medications. Plus you will be able to avoid the side effects of medication.
Research has also shown that regular exercise can help prevent you from having a relapse.
It is also powerful in that it promotes changes in the brain. These changes include:
• Reduced inflammation.
• Neural growth.
• Activity patterns that help in calmer feelings and well-being.
Exercise also helps in releasing endorphins in the brain that will energize you and make you feel better.
Exercise and Anxiety
Exercise is also a good anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves stress and tension, will boost both physical and mental energy. It will also, through the release of endorphins, enhance well-being.
By adding mindfulness to your exercise, being in the moment and recognize different sensations you are feeling, you will be able to interrupt the flow of negative worries that may be playing on repeat in your head.
Exercise and Stress
When you become stressed your body goes under some physical changes. Your muscles might be more tense, especially in your neck, shoulders and even in your face.
This can leave you with neck or back pain and even a headache. You might also start feeling a pounding pulse, tightness in your chest, and muscle cramps. You can also experience some of the following problems:
• Frequent urination.
Dealing with these physical symptoms can leave you feeling even more stressed, which creates a vicious cycle that never seems to end.
If you want to break this cycle, incorporating exercise into your daily routine will help.
Along with having endorphins released in the brain, the physical activity can help relax your muscles and also to relieve some of the tension in your body. The body and mind are so closely linked that when your body is feeling good so will your mind.