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How Fitness Helps with Mental Health

July 22, 2020

We already know the benefits that exercise can have on our body and health. From lowering our blood pressure to helping build muscle to literally adding years to our life, exercise is extremely important to living a healthy lifestyle. But exercise can also serve the dual purpose of dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, and so much more! Exercise has incredible mental health benefits.

Depression

Exercise can be used as a successful antidepressant treatment, but without side effects. Exercising for 15 minutes every day can reduce the risk of depression by 26%. Not only does it prevent depression, but exercise can also treat symptoms of depression. Exercise helps you maintain a schedule and gives you a purpose, all which help combat ongoing depression. Exercise also promotes neural growth which can bring about feelings of well-being.

Anxiety

Exercise is also a great way to treat anxiety! It relieves stress, boosts energy, releases endorphins, and helps you stay present or mindful.

Noticing the sensation of your feet hitting the ground, the pounding rhythm of your heart, the patterns of you breathing all can help you feel grounded and mindful. Focusing on your body and how it feels will help you interrupt the constant anxious thoughts in your head.

Stress

Your body under stress reacts a certain way. Your muscles are tense, you feel tightness in your body, you can get painful headaches, insomnia, heartburn, a stomach ache, etc. And worrying about all of these physical symptoms can turn into even more stress. Exercise is an amazing way to break this cycle! It releases endorphins into the brain to help relax the muscle and relieve tension. Your body feels better when you exercise, and so your mind will too!

ADHD

Exercise is the fastest and easiest way to help reduce symptoms of ADHD and improve concentration. It also can help improve your motivation, memory, and mood, all of which are affected by ADHD.

Along with all of the wonderful benefits that come from exercise we also see an increase in self-esteem, higher serotonin levels, and better sleep! Exercise is incredible, and to gain all of these benefits you only need to do moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. You got this! Get out there and better your health through exercise!

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