The physical benefits of exercise are well-known and well-documented: weight control, reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, and lower blood pressure. But what about the effects it can have on your mental health?
“Research shows that physical fitness and mental well-being are linked,” said Lindsay Rice, Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist at Inspira Fitness Connection. “Regular exercise can ease symptoms of conditions such as anxiety and depression, making it a vital tool for people seeking to better manage their mental health.”
While it’s not a cure all, physical activity can improve your psychological state and overall well-being in a number of ways.
Enhanced mood and energy
Exercise is a natural mood booster—it increases levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the brain. The endorphins generated during a good workout create feelings of happiness and can even combat symptoms of chronic illness, such as clinical depression.