We have seen exercise becoming increasingly popular the last few years. Most people want to keep in shape, tone or lose weight. However, exercise comes with more benefits! It has proven to have a positive impact on our emotional and mental health. It helps with anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, sleep and more.
Research has shown that when we exercise, our brain receives more blood and oxygen. Also, our brain releases endorfins (“Exercise gives you endorfins. Endorfins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands.” Elle Woods, Legally Blonde) improving our mood which also improves our response to stress. This also benefits our memory. It helps our body relax and release tension. Studies show that there is approximately a 20% to 30% lower risk of depression and dementia in those who exercise regularly. It also reduces the likelihood of experiencing cognitive decline.
What kind of exercise provides us with such benefits? Well, different exercises give different benefits. The best practice is to have variety in your work outs taking under consideration what your goals and needs are. Just remember that like with everything, you will need consistency and discipline. You can find tips on how to be consistent here. Keep in mind that you will also need to add a healthy diet to complement your routine.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to a Mental Health Extravaganza on may 3rd, where I will be participating. You can register here (it’s free).