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5 Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

5 Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

Most of us know the physical benefits of exercise. Whether it be weight loss, muscle building, increased energy, or keeping your heart healthy. What we often overlook, are the psychological benefits of exercise even though there are many of them. Let's take a look:

Helps With Depression and Anxiety
This is not just a myth, it's science! Physical activity is scientifically proven to be a mood booster because when you exercise, your body releases endorphins also known as the "feel good" chemical which is produced by the brain. Even a little bit of exercise throughout the week, such as opting to walk instead of drive, can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. So the next time you are feeling a little bit down, try hitting the treadmill or going for a run to get that happy feeling flowing.

Decrease Stress
Something that can make us all happier is reduced stress, and exercise can help! Stress-induced brain damage is real, but research shows that exercise can reduce the damage. Physical activity stimulates the production of neuro-hormones which can improve cognition and reduce clouded thinking caused by stress.

Increased Self-Esteem
With all the physical achievements that come along with fitness, they are bound to boost your mood. Maybe it is realising that you can do 3 more reps than you did last week, or noticing changes in the mirror and all your hard work starting to pay off. These tiny milestones that you achieve through fitness can create a massive boost in self-esteem - and who doesn't want to feel good!

Better Sleep
Finding yourself counting sheep and not getting that well-deserved shuteye? Believe it or not, you can have a better, more peaceful sleep if you add exercise to your routine. Working out increases the body's temperature which has calming effects on the mind leading you straight to Snooze-Ville.

Brain Booster
Studies show that exercise can help with creating new brain cells resulting in improved intelligence, stronger memory, a boost in creativity, and helps reduce cognitive decline.

The next time you need a pick-me-up or some inspiration - a sweat session could be the thing your mind really needs!

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