Exercise isn’t only extremely beneficial for your physical appearance but your emotional and mental well being as well. May marks mental health awareness month. Proper exercise can have an overwhelming impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD and more.
We all know that exercise can improve your physical health and your body image, shrink your waistline, improve your sex life, and improve your life, but it also impacts your mental state.
Exercise and Depression
Exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but the natural and healthy way. Maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent one from relapsing, as well; exercise allows one to feel better about themselves, boosting self-esteem and escaping from those negative feelings.
Exercise promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins, the feel-good hormone in your brain.
Exercise and Stress
A body under a great deal of stress does not appear nor feel or act at its prime. Symptoms of stress on the body include: tense muscles, tightness in the chest, a pounding pulse, muscle cramps, a headache or insomnia. Exercising is an effective way to interrupt stress. Physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieves body tension.
Exercise and ADHD
Exercising regularly can improve concentration, motivation, memory, and mood—symptoms of ADHD. Physical activity boosts the brain’s chemical levels of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin—all of which affect focus and attention. Exercise can relieve the ADHD symptoms similarly to the traditionally prescribed ADHD medication: Ritalin and Adderall.
To reap the mental health benefits, you don’t have to sweat buckets at the gym for hours on end, but 30 minutes, 5 days per week is an excellent start. So get moving and plunge into the right mental and physical state, your body will thank you.