“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.
This statement can be taken into so many different perspectives but the one it serves the best is your “Workouts”.
Besides physiological benefits Exercise is also good for mental health.
Although it makes you tired, sweaty and can cause pain and strain but at the end of the day, a physical workout will give you happiness, satisfaction and peace of mind.
In this blog, we will focus on how Workouts are not only good for your physical fitness but also has Mental benefits.
And before diving into the list of mental benefits, we want to share our poll results where 38% of people voted that physical fitness is important to them because they want better mental health and mood.
#1 Exercise can eliminate Depression and Anxiety
Depression is a mood disorder in which a person feels sadness and loss of interest.
On the other hand, Anxiety is a feeling of unease, a constant worry or fear that can be severe or mild.
To tackle and eliminate these mental issues, it is scientifically proven that Exercise can decrease symptoms of both depression and anxiety and is potentially a mood booster.
With physical activity, the endorphin levels go up, a “feel good” chemical is produced in the brain and the spinal cord produces a sensation of euphoria and happiness.
Even a moderate physical workout throughout the week can reduce depression and anxiety.
In fact, some doctors suggest trying an exercise routine before getting into medication.
#2 Exercise can Reduce Stress
Our brain is a very complex object.
In simple words, it has chambers and every chamber needs a certain amount of energy to operate.
What stress does is that it forces one chamber to consume more energy and the other chambers might feel deprived for it.
As a result, it is observed that people going through stress have memory lapses and difficulty to communicate their words and emotions.
Exercising is a good way to get rid of stress —it can make you happier.
By increasing your heart rate, you can actually revert stress-induced brain damage by stimulating the production of neurohormones like norepinephrine.
Not only Exercising improve cognition and mood but also it enhances your thinking which was previously clouded by stressful events.
Also, exercise forces the body’s central and sympathetic nervous systems to communicate with one another.
As a result, improving your body’s overall ability to handle stress.
#3 Improvement in Self-Esteem & Confidence
Self-esteem is a person’s overall sense of self-worth.
And confidence, as we all know, is a feeling of surety in your abilities.
What exercise does is that it makes you a moving person.
Firstly, in the short-term, it enhances your mood and puts your mind in a positive state.
And Lastly, it will make you feel good about your physical self – your abilities and physique.
#4 Better sleep
Not only Exercise will help you sleep, it will even improve the quality of it.
With physical activity comes an increase in body temperature, which brings calming impact on the mind, paving the way to less sheep counting and more shuteye.
Workouts are also known to help regulate your circadian rhythm, i.e. your bodies’ built-in alarm that alerts and controls when do you feel tired and when do you feel alert.
Although better sleep is a psychological comfort resulting from exercise, sleep experts recommend not to exercise before your bedtime.
#5 Brain boost
Exercise is good for mental sharpness.
From strengthening memory to bringing your intelligence into practice, exercise can boost brainpower in many ways.
Cardiovascular exercise creates new brain cells called neurogenesis.
Studies have shown that these new cells improve overall brain performance.
Not only that, but it also prevents cognitive decline and memory loss by giving strength to the hippocampus, a part of the brain responsible for memory and learning.