The benefits of exercise are very well known. It can help you get fitter and have a healthier body, but what effect can it have on your mind and mental health? There is a very important relationship between the two, and anyone wanting to improve their mental health should consider fitness. Exercise for mental health is important, whatever your current state of mind, as there are so many benefits. So, how can exercise benefit you? And what kind of effects can you expect to see? Read on to see how you can change your life by making a few healthy choices each week. When you put in the effort, you can receive great rewards.
There are many individual exercises and activities you can do, such as a relaxing swim in the pool. But exercise often brings with it the chance to build new relationships with people. Joining a gym, sports team or fitness class can be a great way to spend time with others.
Forging new relationships that are built on something positive like fitness often fills people with positivity. Having other people rely on you and being needed within your group also gives people a sense of purpose and lets them know that they are needed and valued. Fitness highlights these relationships with others and celebrates them.
Exercise releases adrenaline and a rush of endorphins, which gives us a sense of contentment, happiness, and well-being. These positive feelings can have a great effect on anxiety and depression, and exercise often has an amazing effect on a person’s recovery.
Although no mental illnesses is curable overnight, learning ways to cope and deal with your thoughts and symptoms in a healthy way is useful. Remember, if you do need more than exercise for mental health, make sure you consider therapy. When you put your mind, body, and soul into something, your body rewards you for it with an amazing sense of accomplishment.
Another important aspect of exercise and fitness is the sense of pride that it makes you feel. Fitness goals and accomplishments come in all shapes and sizes. It might be to jog non-stop for 10 minutes or swim 3000 meters. Or, simply to get out of bed in the morning.
Every goal is individual and working hard for something then achieving it can evoke an incredible sense of pride and self-worth. Having that extra bit of self-confidence and pride can make anyone feel great and can be especially helpful when struggling with your mental health during and post rehab or in another difficult time.
There are so many more reasons to exercise than simply to stay fit. Mind you, that is a good enough reason in itself. Exercise for mental health is amazing; aerobic activity can relax you, help you build new relationships, and instill a sense of self-worth.
Exercise allows one’s mind to wander and think of a myriad of things which takes away from the stresses. In The Philippines I have started hiking and have been building a pretty big network of friends who I assume I will bump into on rocky crags from time to time which is nice, it makes me feel part of the furniture. Having said that I don’t recommend hiking in 36 degree temperatures.
So true! 😍 Beautiful post! I love to do yoga or go swimming or surfing with friends. It’s so good for your health and especially your mental health. I feel way more relaxed and less anxious
Love this post and it’s so true!!! Somedays I almost crave to go for a walk or do some sort of excercise! I always feel so much better, even if its just walking! :)
So true! I walk, use the pool at our health club, do Pilates, and do some weight training. I always feel energized and ready for anything after doing some exercise.
How can I not?
how can IT not?
Add great nutrition to that, Christy, and you have the ingredients for even better mental health.
Another great post… :)
I absolutely agree with all the points you mentioned, it bring a great mood change after one sweats out! I also have read it helps boost self confidence which is great!
Such an amazing article! I think exercise is so important to a healthy lifestyle and it does effect your mental health, even if it’s just a walk around the block, it does make you feel better.
“Mens sana in corpore sano”!!!
very informative post.Exercise is the best thing we can do for our health.In healthy body, healthy spirit, right :) Thank you
Thanks, Christy. Great post. Exercising has long-term benefits, but I must say that in my case, I try to exercise in the morning and it gets my day started on a good note. And going for a walk tend to work for inspiration also.
Your very right, it helped me with my depression, just to wake up and get out of bed to do pushups and go for a run, it literally made me that, get out of bed!
That’s awesome, C!
Totally agree 👍
What a great help..love your post💕
Exercise clears my mind and settles my emotions. Wonderful post, Christy ❤
Absolutely loved this post! So enlightening!
Running is MY therapy! This is so true. I also love yoga and I feel such mental clarity after both.
I’ve grown to love exercising on the regular. My body and mind feel off if I don’t now.
Definitely makes you feel better all round, even if its just a good walk.
Christy, this is so true and it doesn’t take as much time as people think. Gaining self confidence is important as well as the health aspects!. Excellent article thank you!
I like to ride my bicycle,I like to ride my bike…I bike to work & everywhere else I can too…. As my back & legs are getting worse I tend to plod on rather than ride hard like I used to do bout 3months ago…..I love off road more than on tarmac but I guess going downhill fast is more of a stupid mentality thing for me but I do feel good after a hard off road session….Bring on the surgery & watch this space 😳
I’m glad you like biking so much. It sounds like it helps you through your day :)
Excellent post Christy and I do think too weather plays a part in this as exercise in the fresh air with some sunshine also boosts Vitamin D levels and having stared out at lashing rain from my treadmill this winter I felt better for sure, but am enjoying being outside now so much more.
I love this post! My favorite form of mental health care is hiking. The nature and fresh air does something good to my mind.
That’s wonderful! Enjoy the trails :)
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Exercise is not only a way of building new relationships but also re-inventing the relationship of body and mind.
It is so true! It just makes you feel better altogether! For me, it is a good release of energy. I just recently switched to a job where I work behind a computer and it definitely is tiring. I need that extra physical push in my daily routine! :) Thank’s for the article!
Excerise is a great way to help with your mental health. Walking outside has always been a way for me to clear my mind.
What a very good reminder today! Thanks for sharing this one:)
Thanks for sharing. Exercise improves blood circulation in our body. It releases endorphin and improves our happiness and mental health.
It definitely helps it’s just the motivation that seems to stop me. I’ve had periods when I’ve got regular exercise and it just makes you so much more productive in other areas.
Great to hear and keep up the exercise :) Mentally recharging on a run or another form of fitness is a great way to make the most of our days.
This is a great read, thank you for that! Great job.
Of all, the ones that I read for the first time are: forming relationships and pride. That was a novel way of looking at it!!! 👍🏻👍🏻
Great to hear of your learning :) All the best to you!
Love this! I’ve recently started the Couch to 5K challenge and have already seen a massive shift in my mental health. Being a bit under the weather the last week kept me away from the gym and again I can see how much of an impact it’s been having on my general mood – it’s no surprise that it’s dipped at the same time as this (very rude) cold came along! Particularly liked the point about self-confidence – I don’t think it’s emphasises enough to take pride in even what’s deemed the smallest achievements. Thank you! :)
This is 100% true. Have shared to #ABRSC Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook.
Couldn’t agree more. I’m Bipolar 1. For 6 years I couldn’t exercise due to a back injury. That seems fixed now so two months ago I took up running. It was great. Unfortunately gave myself shin splints so while I recover from that I’ll turn to other exercise. As for relationships a friend has come forward to help build a regime and avoid future injuries. I find it all really helps reduce anxiety levels. (John)
I just wrote a post on this yesterday! Mental health and exercise are so linked. It’s not selfish to take the time to take care of yourself…it allows me to be my best self for my family, husband, and friends ❤️
I agree that exercise helps a lot! I am yet to feel any endorphins when I exercise though :( I just do it because I know I should lol
Enjoyed your article Christy. Always appreciate that kind of positive outlook. Thanks for that.
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