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27 Apr 2020
Learn How Fitness Improves Mental Health
Exercise is proven to give you a mood boost and better brain performance
No matter how busy life gets, always take care of yourself - both mind and body. Being physically active is so much more than physical aesthetics, it brings so many benefits for mental well-being.
Here are some of the proven ways exercise improves mental health:
- Reduces Stress
Physical activity produces chemicals called ‘endorphins’. Endorphins act as natural painkillers that will deal with pain and stress. They have the ability to make people feel good. Exercising also helps to take worries off your mind as you are likely to be concentrating on your breathing and movement while you are at it, which indirectly helps you break from your thoughts and makes you feel refreshed afterwards.
- Better Sleep Quality
According to the United States’ National Sleep Foundation, exercise can impact sleep quality with the increase in body temperature. A few hours after exercising, your body temperature will start dropping back to its normal range, causing drowsiness and making you sleep better and deeper.
- Helps with Depression
Many studies and experiments have been done to understand the association between exercise and depression. There are consistent patterns showing that a physically active person is less likely to be depressed. While it is true that exercise cannot be a cure for depression, it may be used as a form of prevention and treatment.
- Better Brain Performance
Exercise improves blood circulation, which helps with the delivery of oxygen and nutrients within the body. Sufficient blood flow is crucial for the brain to function, and good blood flow gives you better focus and concentration, leading to better brain performance.
- Increases Confidence
Exercising regularly increases your confidence. It not only gives you a better body image, it gives you a sense of accomplishment, a good mood, improves brain performance and so much more.
It doesn’t matter how vigorous the workout is as even a simple stretch routine can help to get your heart rate up and your body moving. So, remember to stay active regularly to improve your mental well-being.
[Updated: 30 Apr 2020]