Exercise is making you mentally strong…
While the physical benefits of exercise have always garnered the headlines, there’s a whole lotta good going on in your brain thanks to a little sweat equity. As you’re melting pounds and packing on muscle, your hard work is eliciting cool chemical reactions that are discreetly boosting your mental health.
Here are a few of those under-the-radar benefits you owe to good ol’ exercise.
Today’s Good Mood: While we’ve all experienced the feel-good sensation of completing a class or cooling down after a killer workout, the impact on your mood is often overlooked. That euphoric feeling throughout your body post-sweat sesh is sponsored by endorphins, and you’re not crazy for talking it up. Science shows it’s the real deal. So the next time you’re radiating good vibes, you now know why. And if you’re down in the dumps, you know what you need to do.
Reduced Anxiety & Depression: Is exercise a cure all? Maybe… According to the experts of PubMed, those mood-boosting benefits we just finished raving about can also provide long-term support in battles against anxiety and depression. How freakin’ cool is that? Increased energy (more on that later) and reduced stress are a few of the many reasons to support exercise’s role in a mental health treatment plan.
Improved Self Esteem: We’re keen on confidence and exercise always leaves us walking taller. Whether hitting the weights or going hard on cardio, your confidence will be through the roof as your commitment to fitness starts impacting your body, mind, spirit, and soul. Oh, and this doesn’t just go for the grown ups. Start the little ones young and they’ll reap the rewards.
Increased Energy: Tired? Work out. Exhausted? Exercise. Sleepy? Sweat. Here’s an equation: exercise equals energy. While a solid workout will wear you down during the process, you’ll actually get a jolt of energy later from elevating your heart rate. Stop dragging your feet and start digging deep. The answer to your lack of energy lies with exercise.
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Clay Manley is a word nerd with a fitness background. A Certified Personal Trainer who took his talents to the keyboard. You can give him a shout and find more of his work here.