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How Fitness Directly Affects Mental Health

Do you suffer from anxiety or stress? Do you feel depressed from time to time? If so, now is the time to jump to it, literally, and do something about it.

Did you know that fitness directly affects your mental health? Whether you are walking, running, lifting weights, doing squats, knocking out some push-ups, or performing another form of exercise, you can improve the state of your physical and mental health. Aerobic exercises such as swimming, jogging, walking, cycling, dancing, and gardening have been proven to reduce depression and anxiety.

Are you ready to live a happier and more content lifestyle? If so, learn more about how fitness may directly affect your mental health.

Reducing Stress  

One of the ways fitness may affect your mental health is by reducing your stress levels. Maybe you work long hours or have many responsibilities. If your stress levels are high, you may want to find ways to add more fitness to your schedule.

You can head to the gym, go on a long walk, or run down the road and back. If you sweat more, you can stress less.

Increasing Happiness

How often do you feel truly happy? What makes you smile? On an average day, how often do you laugh and smile? If you are like many people, you are not as happy as you could be. The good news, fitness may help you feel happier.

Exercising releases endorphins and other chemicals that may make you feel happier. It is as simple as that. People who suffer from anxiety or depression may want to exercise regularly. It may make them feel better physically and mentally.

Slowing Cognitive Decline  

As people age, they may become less mentally quick and sharp. People may find it normal to have some cognitive and physical decline.

Physical activity can slow both types of decline. Incorporating fitness into your routine can help you fight the aging process. It can help people stay healthier and more independent as they grow older.

Controlling Addiction  

Those who suffer from an addiction, especially long-term addiction, may have decreased memory and cognitive functioning. They may not have the natural reward chemicals that help them feel good.

Addicted people who go to an addiction recovery program that offers fitness training may help restore some of their cognitive functioning and improve their natural reward systems. Exercise may help them feel better about themselves so they do not turn to alcohol or drugs as coping mechanisms.

Promoting Relaxation  

Many adults are stressed and overwhelmed. In fact, many adults may classify their lives as roller coasters of emotions.

If you are extremely stressed or feel like you are constantly on the edge, it is time to find a way to relax. Adding more fitness into your life may help. Moving five and six hours before bedtime, for example, may help you relax more and sleep better. Exercising after you wake up may help you relax and start your day fresh.

Improving Productivity  

Do you often feel uninspired? Are you having a difficult time finishing your to-do list? If so, and you need to be more productive, consider adding more fitness to your day. Did you know that if you walk before going to work, you can concentrate better? Were you aware that exercising around lunchtime can help you push through your day and prevent an afternoon slump?

Everyone has obstacles in their lives. You might be stressed and overwhelmed. Maybe you deal with anxiety or depression. You may be overworked and just can’t motivate yourself to be productive.

No matter what is happening in your life, fitness can directly impact your mental health in positive ways. It can reduce your stress, increase your happiness, slow cognitive decline, control addiction, improve relaxation, increase your productivity, and much more.

Add more fitness into your life starting today. Your body, mind, and mood will thank you.

 

Adam Durnham

Adam Durnham is a freelance blogger that specializes in mental health and wellness. He currently works as a life coach in Detroit, Michigan with his dog Beignet.

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