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June 04, 2020 2 min read

What Does Working Out Have To Do With Mental Health?

 

Mental health is something that should always be taken seriously. Often there's more resources and guides to help yourself get in better shape physically than there is for helping with your mental health. Sometimes we do not know how to handle our mental health when it starts to go downhill. Believe it or not, exercise can actually help improve your mental health, making you happier and reducing stress.

What's the link between working out and improved mental health? Exercise promotes changes in the brain such as reduced inflammation, neutral growth, and new activity patterns to help you feel calmer. It releases endorphins which is a powerful chemical in your brain that can make you feel good and minimize discomfort both physically and mentally.

 

Ease Depression

Working out and mental health

Walking for an hour or running for just fifteen minutes a day can help reduce depression. Getting your body moving not only stimulates you physically, but also helps with cognitive functions and releases endorphins to make you feel happier. Exercise can also be a good distraction from the outside world. If you focus on your exercise routine, and what you are doing, you will forget about those negative thoughts that have been causing depression.

 

Relieve Anxiety 

Physical and mental health

Anxiety can cause a lot of tension in your body, especially in your neck, back, and shoulders. It can cause a lot of discomfort in your body and can be tricky to pinpoint. Exercise can help to relieve the tension that stress causes and can also boost both physical and mental energy. It also helps improve your well being through the release of endorphins. If you pay attention to your exercise routine and notice the little things, like the way your feet hit the ground when you run, the air on your face, your chest moving up and down as you breathe can help relieve anxiety and help you focus more on the present moment.

 

Reduce Stress 

running and mental health

Similar to anxiety, stress can also cause muscle tension. It can cause a lot of discomfort and worry. Exercise will help to relieve that stress and muscle tension. By releasing endorphins in the brain you will become less stressed when you exercise.

Exercise can help improve your mental health no matter what you are dealing with. Not only does it make you happier and increase your mental health, but it also helps your body relieve muscle tension and build your strength. Getting started is the hardest part, but once you start to get active, you will be glad that you did!


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