You already know that exercise is good for your body. But did you know it can boost your mood, improve your sleep, and help you to deal with depression, anxiety, stress and more?
Exercise And Depression
Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kind of changes in brain, including neutral growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also increases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. Exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression.
Exercise And Anxiety
Exercise is a natural way and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Try to notice the sensation of your feet hitting the ground, for example, or the rhythm of your breathing, or the feeling of the wind on your skin. By adding this mindfulness element, really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise, you will not only improve your physical condition faster, but you may also be able to interrupt the flow of constant worries running through your head.
Exercise And Stress
Ever noticed how your body feels when you are under stress? Your muscles may be tense, especially in your face, neck, shoulders, leaving you with back or neck pain, or painful headaches. You may feel a tightness in your chest, a pounding pulse or muscle cramps. Exercising is an effective way to break this circle. As well as releasing endorphins in the brain, physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are closely linked, when your body feels better so, will your mind too.
Even you are not suffering from a mental health problem, regular exercise can still offer a welcome boost to your mood, outlook, and mental well-being.
Exercise can sharpen your memory and thinking, increase self-esteem, promote better sleep, have more energy and so on.
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