6 Reasons Why Exercise Can Improve Your Mental HealthWhether you’re a gym fanatic or prefer to run horizontally, 30 minutes of exercise a day can help relieve anxiety and improve your mental health.
Whether you’re a gym fanatic or prefer to run horizontally, health professionals will tell you that 30 minutes of exercise a day can help relieve anxiety and improve your mental health. Fitness doesn’t just have to be running on the treadmill; yoga, aerobics (dancing, swimming, cycling) and weightlifting are a few fun examples.
1. It Releases Endorphins.
According to the Mayo Clinic, physical activity bumps up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Endorphins make you happy and when you exercise, your brain releases these endorphins.
2. Takes Your Mind Off Worries.
After a long day of school or work, it’s easy to lie on the couch and do nothing. But getting up and exercising for 30 minutes can take your mind off things that may be worrying you.
3. Increases Social Activity.
Walk outside and say hello to someone! Try a class at the local gym, a club sport or running with a few friends.
4. Reduces Depression.
According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, mental health professionals recommend exercise as a part of therapy. Again, exercise releases those feel-good endorphins, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
5. Reduces Stress and Tension.
Stress can affect not only your brain, but the rest of your body—including your muscles. Studies find that cardio exercises and yoga decreases tension, and overall improves your mood, sleep and self-esteem.
6. More Energy.
School may tire you out, but even only 10-15 minutes of exercise can increase your energy. Pro tip: drink more water throughout your day so you have more energy to exercise in the evening.