Exercise is great for your physical and mental health in many ways, but its efficiency increases even more if you exercise on a regular basis. Nevertheless, even if it isn’t possible to exercise regularly, even the occasional exercise will help boost your mental health.
Exercise releases certain chemicals in the brain that help to lift your mood. It also raises your self esteem, improves your concentration and helps you sleep better, because you get more fatigued naturally.
It is always a good idea to choose the exercises you can best handle, because this way you will continue doing them. Exercising with a friend or family member can help you mutually motivate each other, because this way you can each see how well you are doing, and you can support each other as you push through.
If you lead a very sedentary lifestyle and don’t go out much, it’s easy to become depressed and anxious. If this describes you, go for a walk to get out of the house and exercise at the same time. Walking is considered one of the best exercises you can do, but it is (obviously) subject to weather conditions, so you should try to find different exercises you can do inside as well, so that you don’t have to miss out due to the weather.
Regular walks help you beat depression because getting plenty of sunlight will increase your vitamin D levels and make you feel good. You’ll also find it is easier to lose weight if you exercise, and that can help you mentally if you are depressed or anxious about your weight.
Exercise reduces stress. If you are less stressed, you will feel better about yourself, so your mental health will be better too. Of course, there will always be stressors in your life, but if you can keep them to a minimum and work out a coping strategy, you won’t feel high anxiety levels for too long.
If you exercise and feel better about yourself, you will also increase your chances of attracting positive compliments from others. That will boost your self-confidence even further, lifting any mental stresses that you may feel. If you’re a loner, you may even attract a partner if you make these changes; most people feel that they are incomplete without having someone in their life.
Exercise helps your heart pump faster and boost your circulation, thereby enabling the oxygen to go everywhere it is needed, including your brain. This helps you feel and function better, and can also help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other mental health problems.
Exercise also makes you feel mentally sharper, and this can help you be more productive, whether it’s at work, school or home. If you are a creative person, exercise can boost your creativity a lot, helping you write, paint, draw and design more creatively because you’ll have a burst of extra ideas.
Nobody wants poor mental or physical health and, apart from diet, exercise is the best, healthiest way to improve these aspects of your life. Once you get started, you will definitely be happy to keep on exercising, especially when you will experience the benefit it brings.