September 28, 2022


Your mental health is benefitting from exercise

“You already know that exercise is good for your body. But did you know it can also boost your mood, improve your sleep, and help you deal with depression, anxiety, stress, and more (Robinson, Segal, Smith)”? Exercise can surely improve your muscle capacity, trim your waistline and improve your physical health. Although this is part of the reason that most people exercise, people also workout for other reasons too. Exercising puts people in a “feel good mood”, giving them energy for the rest of their day while still allowing them to receive a good night’s sleep. 

    Dr. Shawna Charles states on the Walden University official website, that there are five mental benefits of exercising. These five are listed as: help for depression and anxiety, decreased stress, increased self – esteem, and self confidence, better sleep, and brain boost. When exercising, the brain releases endorphins that are known as “feel good” chemicals improving the moods and decreasing symptoms for those struggling with a mental illness. Other chemicals released into the brain are known as neurohormones which improve the body’s response to stress. “Physical activity increases body temperature, which can have calming effects on the mind, leading to less sheep counting and more shuteye (Charles 4)”. Lastly, through the process of neurogenesis, the creation of more brain cells from physical activity, our brain’s level of performance increases. “Studies also prove that physical activity boosts creativity and mental energy. So if you’re in need of inspiration, your big idea could be just a walk or jog away (Charles 5)”. 

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During the pandemic and school year it is hard for most students to stay physically active consistently. Once lockdown started we couldn’t go out and exercise all the time, and even now with the rising cases it’s hard to want to go anywhere, but staying active has its benefits. After exercising you’ll feel happier, relaxed, and you’ll sleep better. The best part is you can do simple exercises at home that have the same end result. After a little research here’s some things that I’ve found that you could do to stay active. 

After reading the first article I learned that staying active is not only good for your physical health, but also your mental health. It will pull your attention away from whatever you were stressed about which will give your mind a break and prevent you from being overwhelmed and add to your productivity. One thing I’ve personally noticed is that even just sitting outside to change scenery has improved my productivity and stress levels. Also it’s great to just play with pets too. 

After reading the second article I learned that staying active in quarantine isn’t as hard as it seems, there’s no need for equipment or massive spaces. With a few fitness apps it’s pretty easy to do body weight workouts for beginners. The results from at home workouts on your mental health will be almost immediately beneficial, it also is something you could do during a thirty minute break just to get away from your screen. 

History and Current Trends Around the World of Exercise and Diets

I am working on a research paper about the history of exercising and dieting, as well as how different cultures around the world diet and exercise. I am interested in learning about this because I am trying to be healthier, and learning about what other cultures do to stay healthy may help, and it is interesting. Also I am interested in finding out about where exercise and the concept of dieting comes from. I currently know that the trend of exercise and dieting is fairly recent in human history, as problems such as obesity and other health related problems are more common, due to our food sources and lack of movement. In the United States especially, weight and health related problems are becoming more and more of an issue. I would like to find out what we can do about that.

I have looked at several articles about these topics. An article from Independent discusses the healthiest diets around the world. The top three, the article states, is Mediterranean, Japanese, and Nordic. All of these diets are high in fish, vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. I look forward to doing more research in diets around the world. Many sources contain similar timelines on the history of diet and exercise. Many begin with primal times, in which humans would be constantly moving and searching for food- naturally getting lots of exercise. Then in continues to ancient times, in which many were soldiers and were required to be fit, as well as do lots of physical activity. In the dark ages there was a concept of rejecting the body, so not many people would take care of themselves, until the Renaissance where an awareness of the body and health returned. In the 20th century up until today, there has been a surge of diet and exercise trends. On source says, “Yet despite the plethora of health and fitness methods, programs, and resources, the general population has never been so physically sedentary and out-of-shape.” This will be an interesting topic to research and learn more about.

What would happen if we didn’t have sports?

Most of us are involved in some type of sport or activity that takes up most of our time. Well, if we didn’t have activities such as football or in my case cheer, what would happen?

Many argued that our exercise levels would decrease because sports are sometimes the main source of exercise for most of us. Not only would our health be affected but also our economy. In some cities in the United States a big factor of income comes from big sporting events that profit the city.

Some cities have pointed out that without the money that is produced from the local sports events, the would be in debt. Also, relating to America, America already has an obesity rating so imagine how big the problem would be if we didn’t have the biggest source that most people exercise.

Overall, not having sports in our life would result in a very negative outcome for our society. We are constantly obsessing over our favorite sports teams & putting most of our time into playing our favorite sport.