Exercise and Mental Health: How can it Help?

Have you ever stopped and thought about how amazing you feel after a hard workout at the gym? Or how refreshed you feel after taking a long walk on a chilly winter’s day? Maybe you’ve experienced that awesome feeling of accomplishment after a session at the swimming pool. Well, that’s the power of exercise and mental health working together!

Studies have shown that regular physical activity can make a big difference in our mental well-being. It’s like a superhero for our self-esteem, as it boosts it up. And that’s not all – exercise can also help reduce anxiety and depression. Plus, it can even help slow down degenerative cognitive conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

So, how much exercise is enough? Well, for adults, the goal is to aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity, five times a week. And guess what? You don’t have to do the same thing every time. Whether you’re swimming, running, walking, playing tennis, cycling, doing some badminton, or hitting the gym, it all counts!

Exercise and Mental Health: How can it help?

Now, let’s dive into the impact of exercise on our mental health. Get ready to discover how exercise can boost our mood, help with depression and anxiety, and even act as a shield against cognitive conditions like dementia. Trust me, when it comes to exercise and mental health, it’s a win-win situation!

At Everyone Active, we believe in the power of staying active for a healthier and happier life. We offer a wide variety of activities for all ages and skill levels, because we want everyone to find the perfect fit. So, come join us and let’s have fun together while getting active. Remember, at Everyone Active, there’s something for everybody!

Exercise and our Mood

Studies have shown that even short periods of exercise have a positive impact on our mood. Researchers found that, participants felt more content, alert and more calm after a period of activity, than after a period of inactivity. This same study found that the greatest positive effect that exercise had on the participant came when their mood began at a low level before beginning the workout.

Exercise and its impact on Stress

Exercise is well known to have a positive impact on both symptoms of stress and our self-esteem. It’s been proven that those people who exercise more tend to suffer less from stress than those who are less active. Stress symptoms include a loss of appetite, sweating, an increased heart rate and a spike in blood pressure. Many people experiencing stress find it difficult to sleep, too. So, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, why not try being more active? It’s almost certain to help!

Exercise and Self-Esteem

It’s also been proven that exercise has a hugely beneficial impact on our self-esteem. Self-esteem is a key indicator of our mental health and well-being and any positive influence we can have on it, is a bonus. Exercise and physical activity gives you a sense of achievement and a sense of self-worth that very little else does, meanwhile if you manage to reach targets, such as weight loss goals, or performance targets, then this can only have an extra beneficial impact on your self-esteem

Exercise, Dementia & Cognitive Decline

This is an area that people are less familiar with. As the population has aged, so the number of cases of degenerative cognitive conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease has increased. However, decline in cognitive function, such as memory loss and a lack of concentration is common among even those older people who do not suffer from these terrible conditions.

Studies have shown, however, that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Daily physical activity among adults has been proven to reduce the chances of adults contracting dementia by as much as 20% or 30%. Meanwhile, daily exercise also makes people far less likely to experience symptoms of cognitive decline, even if they don’t develop a condition such as dementia.

Exercise, Depression & Anxiety

In some cases, exercise is being prescribed by medical experts instead of or as a supplement to anti-depressant medication. There are little or no side effects and exercise lacks the stigma of taking medication, or attending therapy sessions, making it a hugely effective tool in the armoury against these conditions. Exercise is also cost-effective and available to everyone. It has been proven to help reduce levels of anxiety and depression in people with mild symptoms, while it also empowers people to self-manage their own conditions, further helping improve their mental health and well-being.

So there you have it. Exercise and physical activity really is one of the best tools we have for improving our mental health. Remember, prevention is better than the cure, so get out there and get active!