Now we have all heard it at least 6.9 million times that exercise benefits you and sitting around on your bum isn’t and this is as true as a song from Spandau ballet, but not only will working out give you that body that people will want to eat a 3 course meal off of but It does wonders for the neck up, exercise really does benefit mental health if you have tendencies to become depressed or anxious like me then you can definitely reap the rewards from working out.Exercise is great fun and a necessity for me I use it as my medication and is my drug of choice the best one I’ve had actually, there’s nothing better than getting a good sweat on and even knowing that I have been to the gym even if it is for a coffee and a walnut whip (I joke but people actually do this …you know who you are) it helps to keep my mind playing ball and not wander into unknown territories and completely sets me up for a good day.
Here are 9 reasons why exercise BENEFITS your mental health:
- Boasts happiness, Endorphins Endorphins Endorphins these are magical little things that promote feelings of happiness and euphoria in the mind no one has ever had a workout and said I feel really sad now, you don’t have to be a complete gym rat either getting out on a bike or a brisk walk for 30 minutes 3 times a week can give you that buzz and instantly boost overall mood
2. Self-confidence our bodies weren’t made to be immobile if you look after your body and give it some good needed movement it will look after you, the feeling of strength, accomplishment and determination to actually get up and do something physical regardless of size weight age or gender really can elevate your confidence and self-worth and let me tell you self-love is what we should all be striving for
3. Increased relaxation, If you are a chronic over-thinker like myself then working out plus a full days work believe me will get you counting those sheep I can’t tell you the number of times that I have set myself a time to be in bed but at 3 am I am still worrying if I’ve pissed Sarah off because I put 2 sugars in her tea instead of 1
4. Reduces Stress, Stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, heart disease panic attacks.. to name but a few exercise is an outlet for all those pent-up emotions you have , whether it’s work, family, friends money worries exercise increases Norepinephrine a chemical that can moderate the brains response to stress but mainly it’s an outlet which is sometimes very much needed so go and pound the pavement for 30 minutes and pretend the person or issue that you’re stressed about is on the sole of your shoe, it works I do it often
5. Getting outside, If you’re stuck in a rut or a cycle of up-work-home- dinner-bed break that cycle and just head outside take some time for yourself to get some of that vitamin D inside you if you live in England like me id take a brolly too (our weather has bipolar I think) get some fresh air in those lungs, this may sound silly but being stuck indoors all day is no good for your overall happiness in fact on point 2 I went out and had a little stroll around the park as I was getting a little stuck for writing …I’m back and hey presto you can’t shut me up.
6. Being Proactive Feeling uninspired day to day?. The solution might be a short walk or jog away. Research shows that workers who take time for exercise on a regular basis are much more productive than their more sedentary peers. Although busy schedules can make it tough to squeeze in a gym session in the middle of the day, some experts believe that Midday is the ideal time for a workout due to the body’s circadian rhythms
7. Reduce Anxiety What would you think would be better at relieving anxiety — a lovely warm bath with loads of foamy bubbles or a 20-minute jog? You might be surprised at the answer. Those lovely brain chemicals that are released during and after exercise can help with anxiety disorders calm down. Getting outside or on the treadmill for some moderate-to-high intensity aerobic exercise can reduce anxiety sensitivity.
8. Sharpens Memory. Taking regular exercise or physical activity boosts memory and the ability to learn new things. Getting sweaty increases production of cells in hippocampus responsible for memory and learning. For this reason, research has linked children’s brain development with a level of physical fitness. But exercise-based brainpower isn’t just for kids. Even if it’s not as fun as a game of Man Hunt, working out can boost memory among grown-ups, too. A study showed that running sprints improved vocabulary retention among healthy adults.
9. Help control addiction The brain releases dopamine, the “reward chemical” in response to any form of pleasure, be that exercise, sex, drugs, alcohol or food. Unfortunately, some people become addicted to dopamine and dependent on the substances that produce it, like drugs or alcohol and more rarely, food and sex. On the bright side, exercise can help in addiction recovery. Short exercise sessions can also effectively distract drug or alcohol addicts, making them de-prioritize cravings (at least in the short term). Working out when on the wagon has other benefits, too. Alcohol abuse disrupts many body processes, including circadian rhythms. As a result, alcoholics find they can’t fall asleep (or stay asleep) without drinking. Exercise can help reboot the body clock, helping people hit the hay at the right time.
“Self Love is what we should all be striving for”
I want you to completely take out of your head that you have to religiously go to the gym every day or you will epically fail at life or that you have a join a gym at all, I have recently took up Rugby and cross-fit and was I nervous starting these hell yeah but I got bored of going to the gym everyday story of my life (thanks one direction for making me break into song every time I say that), there are so many ways to keep healthy and fit keep an eye on this blog and ill show you or simply google it and take action as exercise does wonders for mental health.
Get some endorphins going I’ll sign off with saying “because you’re worth it” (Jordie accent)