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5 benefits of exercise on mental health

We all know exercise is good for our body. But did you know that it can also fight mental health issues?


In addition to having a good impact on your body form, exercising can improve your mental health in ways you could have never imagined. With the word “exercise” I don’t mean long sessions of suffer, as the majority of people don’t have time for that. If starting as a beginner it will be normal to feel energy less the first time but the good news is the more you exercise, the more energy you’ll have.


On top of the energy side, exercising will make you feel powerful and it will push you to do more and more: if you start with running 2K you could be able to do 8K in a few months with the right mindset.


Numerous studies have also found that keeping active has an impact on depression, anxiety and stress. Here below I’ve made a list of the 5 reasons why you should exercise for your mental health.


  1. EXERCISING CAN FIGHT TRAUMA


Studies found that by really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise, you can actually help your nervous system become “unstuck” and begin to move out of the immobilisation stress response that characterises trauma. 


The best activities to fight trauma are the ones that involve both arms and legs, such as walking, running, swimming, weight training or dancing.


2. EXERCISING IS AN ANTI-ANXIETY TREATMENT


Practicing physical activity relieves tension and stress and boosts your well-being through the release of endorphins. 


Focusing on your breathing or on the movement of your muscles can stop the storm of thoughts you might have and it may improve the awareness of your body.


3. EXERCISING CAN BE NEARLY AS EFFECTIVE AS ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICATIONS


A recent study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%.


Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons: it promotes neural growth, it releases endorphins and it can act as a distraction to break out the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression.


4. EXERCISES RELEASE THE STRESS


When stressed your body may feel tense, having an impact on your sleep pattern and sometimes leading even to muscle cramps.


As well as releasing endorphins in the brain ,exercising helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body. As your body and your mind are directly linked, when your body feels better your mind does too.


5. EXERCISING REDUCES THE SYMPTOMS OF ADHD


Exercising reduces the symptoms of ADHD and improves concentration, memory, motivation and mood. When doing physical activity your brain improves the production of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin that all improve your focus and attention.

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14 Apr 2021

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Raphael Posted 4 weeks ago
Great blogpost Erika! Some profound truths here.

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