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Exercise To Improve Mental Health!



Life is hard. Between our jobs, relationships, physical health, finances, etc, we have a lot to worry about. Throw in social media to make us all feel inadequate, and it’s a wonder anybody ever leaves their bed.


But, one way to instantly feel increased self-esteem, self-worth, confidence, and so much more is …


EXERCISE!


Regular exercise can have a massive impact on your mental health and has been proven to ease stress, anxiety, and depression. Today, let’s talk about a few ways exercise can improve our mental health.


*Always seek the advice of a healthcare professional if dealing with a mental health issue.




ENDORPHINS


Endorphins are chemicals (hormones) created in your pituitary gland and hypothalamus that attach to your brain’s reward centers (opioid receptors) and carry positive vibes across your nervous system.


This wonderful sensation occurs during … wait for it … exercise! Your body literally covers your nervous system in natural pain relievers during exercise that promote improved feelings and a positive state of mind.


To put it succinctly …


'Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands. They just don't ...' - Elle Woods.



SOCIAL INTERACTION


The world can be a lonely place. The more tech infiltrates our lives, the more isolated we can become. Isolation can lead to depression, anxiety, and low self-worth. Humans are built to be part of a community. Exercise has an amazing ability to bring people together.


Whether its a Yoga Class, a Biking Club, or working out with an amazing Personal Trainer like me, having social interaction via exercise reminds you that you’re not alone, that you belong to something, and you have people you can talk to and have fun with.


Some of the best moments of my career have come when my clients and I have bonded about our shared experiences, doubts, or just vented to one another about frustrating moments.



A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT


Anxiety, Stress, and Depression can be paralyzing. I know from experience. You feel like you have no reason to leave the bed or do anything because what’s the point?


One of the first pieces of advice people dealing with depression are given is: First thing in the morning, make your bed.


Why? It gives you a sense of accomplishment. Exercise can have the same impact.


When stuck in a rut and feeling like nothing you do is creating the change you want, a great workout can be its own accomplishment. Pushing through a set, hitting a new personal rep record, or beating your best time in a race can boost your self-esteem and self-worth.


Having a sense of accomplishment, big or small, can absolutely improve your mental health.


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