Your mental health is benefitting from exercise by Haley

January 21, 2021


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)”.