8 Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

Helps to eliminate anxiety
Regularly working out can help you to prevent and treat the symptoms of anxiety. Recent evidence regarding the effects of exercise on anxiety and concludes that exercise has many beneficial effects in its treatment.Fights depression
You body releases endorphins when you exercise, which trigger positive feelings in the brain and reduce awareness of pain.Improves mood
Endorphins trigger feelings of happiness and euphoria. Your overall mood can be boosted by even just 30 minutes of exercise a few days a week. The key to achieving mental and physical strength and to unlocking your full potential is forming regular habits around exercise.
Reduces stress
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Studies show that exercise is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.” So, if you’re having a challenging day, try getting out for a quick walk, jog or trip to the gym.
Boosts self-confidence
Exercising is the most efficient (and by far the cheapest!) way to boost your confidence and self-esteem. Exercise can quickly elevate a person’s perception of his or her attractiveness and self-worth, regardless or size, weight, gender or age.Reduces fatigue
Physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. When your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy. Next time you feel tired, why not try moving for 20 minutes instead of a power nap?
Boosts brain power, concentration and memory
Improved overall productivity, concentration, memory and ability to learn new things are all results of exercise. It has also been shown that exercise may help to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Increases creativity
Most people shower or relax after exercise, but maybe you should get creative instead! A recent study shows that a heart-pumping gym session can boost creativity for up to 2 hours post-exercise.
So, if exercise boosts brain power, prevents depression and anxiety, reduces stress, relieves fatigue, increases self-confidence, promotes creativity on top of all the physical benefits, then what are you waiting for? Exercise really is the best thing we can do for our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.