Exercise and the positive impact it can have on your mental health
Importance of Exercise
Taking a walk, doing a high-intensity workout, doing a low-intensity workout – no matter how you move your body, you will see an improvement in your mental health. Exercise impacts mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and our mood by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Simply getting up and getting the juices flowing can give our system a jolt and a reset.
Whenever you find yourself in a low mood, getting outside or working out may feel like the last thing you want to do, but it can hugely improve how you feel. Regular exercise and routine can remind our body how good it feels to move, not to mention, health benefits include:
- Improved sleep
- Stress relief
- Increased energy
- Increased alertness
- Reduced tiredness
- Improved physical function
Lack of sleep, stress, zapped energy, etc. are all huge factors that contribute to a depressed mental state. By exercising, you help wake your body back up and a routine can help establish a cycle for your body that makes you tired at the right time.
Chances are, if you struggle with depression or anxiety, your doctor may prescribe you to take a thirty-minute walk everyday. It has been shown that even just stepping outside can have an immediate positive impact on your mood. Of course, exercise is not a cure-all to healthy mental fitness, but routinely getting your body moving can help you avoid any big dips.
If you struggle to motivate yourself to exercise or workout, try to get an accountability partner. Or, grab a friend to take a walk with you every other day. Having a partner pushes you to do something, and it’s more fun! Anything you can do to help yourself exercise and move will help relieve the stress that you carry on your mind.