How does exercise help my mental health?
- Exercise can help reduce stress as working out in-it-of-itself burns energy that then cannot be used elsewhere.
- Working out and exercise can help release neurotransmitters and hormones that can improve mood.
- Overtime exercise and its results, commitment to the process, and staying disciplined can help increase self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Exercise has been shown to increase blood flow throughout one’s body. This is especially important in the brain region as increased blood flow can increase overall cognitive function.
- Engagement in exercise can be a great way to socialize and increase one’s social network in the community.
- Routine exercise can help a person regulate their sleep patterns by following consistent routines.
Exercise is a broad topic and will look different for everyone given their ability, health, and age. The mind-body connection is alive and well in all humans and exercise is great way to build this connection in a healthy manner.
If you are thinking about beginning to exercise it is important to consult your medical doctor first to gain clearance to exercise. A personal trainer may also assist you with this new journey to ensure you train appropriately.