There are numerous studies showing that exercise has a positive impact on mental health. Depression and anxiety symptoms can often improve with exercise. Exercise can also be a stress reducer to keep people from being as stressed or anxious about circumstances. Exercise and feeling good physically can also help people to feel more in control of other situations in their lives – which helps with mood. Exercise can be meditative in that you take your mind off your worries – giving yourself a mental break. Exercise can help you to gain confidence by meeting goals, coping in a positive way, or sometimes just some social interaction. It is worth taking the time for yourself to do something active.
If lowering stress, anxiety or reducing the symptoms of depressions is one of your goals, it is especially important to learn what frequency, intensity, type and time spent will be the most beneficial for you and your situation.
Exercise releases the feel – good endorphins, and other brain chemicals which enhance your sense of well-being.
Our bodies are made to reward us for moving!