The leap toward physical exercise may not be everyone’s idea of fun, and the idea of strenuous activity is on its own a reason to avoid it completely. We all, however, know that being physically active is good for our bodies, but it is proven that our physical and mental health is closely linked.
Poor Physical Health = Poor Mental Health
Poor Mental Health = Poor Physical Health
The beauty of exercise is that regardless of age or fitness level, making time for exercise provides extensive mental benefits – so whether you a triathlete or mall-walker, exercising leads toward a healthier and happier life overall.
We have identified 5 ways that physical exercise benefits you mentally.
- Improve Self Confidence
On a very basic level, physical exercise can boost self-esteem and improve positive self-image. The positive change in physical appearance regardless of age, gender or weight can easily elevate a person’s perception of his or her overall attractiveness.
- Endorphin Release
Exercising releases the ‘happy juice’ called in endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. You need not be a marathon runner or triathlete, exercising for 30 mins a few times a week will release enough endorphins which can be as effective as antidepressant pills.
- Prevent Cognitive Decline
Brain aging is a real thing and with age comes various degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. And although exercise can’t ‘cure’ degenerative disease, it can assist with the fight against cognitive decline. Regular exercise between the age of 25 and 45 can boost chemicals which support and prevent the decline of the hippocampus.
- Memory Jolt
Regular exercise increases the production of cells in the hippocampus which boosts memory and the ability to learn new things.
- Boosts Creativity
It is proven that physical activity can boost creativity for up to 2 hours post-workout. The outdoors are equally important when in search of creativity, a long walk while soaking some vitamin D will refresh the body and brain. This may not always be possible during working hours, so why not take a refreshing walk outside or a quick jog around the block to boost your creativity levels for the rest of the day.