MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF EXERCISE


Did you know that exercise is also effective in dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental illnesses?

 

MOOD ENHANCEMENT

The connection between exercise and mood is strong. You get a mood-enhancement effect even just after a 5-minute exercise. Exercise gives one an enormous sense of well-being.

 

DEPRESSION

Exercise is proven to decrease symptoms of depression as effectively as antidepressant medication. It kicks up endorphin levels, the body’s “feel good” chemical produced by the brain and spinal cord that produces feelings of happiness and euphoria. In addition, exercise can also act as a distraction, enabling you to find some quiet time to break out of the usual cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression.

 

ANXIETY

Exercise relieves tension and enhances both physical and mental energy, making it  a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment.

 

STRESS

Physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are so closely associated, when your body feels better so, too, will your mind.

 

 

 



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