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Shape It Up, Dare to Be Great – 10 Mental and Emotional Benefits of Exercise

Dennis Relojo-Howell

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Dennis Relojo-Howell, (2021, January 15). Shape It Up, Dare to Be Great – 10 Mental and Emotional Benefits of Exercise. Psychreg on Health Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/mental-emotional-benefits-exercise/
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A person of any age can exercise to stay healthy or lose weight as exercise is essential and has a tremendous positive impact on your health. It is a good and very powerful drug for your body as it improves your mental and emotional health by reducing depression, anxiety, and relieves stress. It can also boost your mood, improve your sleep, and physical health.

Exercising in northern fitness helps you to stay active if done regularly as it makes you feel more energetic all day long. It enables you to sleep better at night, have sharper memories and thinking, and feel more relaxed and positive about yourself. Exercise is a powerful medicine for a variety of mental health problems.

Better sleep

Exercise in the morning and afternoon can help regulate your sleep patterns. Your brain will make you tired earlier and help you sleep more soundly all through the night just because your body needs to recover from exercise. Naturally, the human body recovers at night when we are asleep which is the most profound effect of recovery from training sessions.

You will not progress in your fitness if this is not practised well because it goes hand in hand with proper sleep. 

Higher self-esteem and confidence

Exercising regularly is a good investment for your mind, body, and soul. Make it a habit and it will foster your sense of self-worth and make you feel strong and powerful. Your social skills will get a workout leading to more confidence in and out of the gym.

Exercising at the gym will also improve your positive self-image and self-talk, increasing the perception of your self-worth. You will feel better about your appearance and you will feel a sense of achievement even with small exercise goals.

Reduced stress

Exercising is an effective way of breaking the cycle of stress. Physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body. The body and the mind are closely linked hence when your body feels better, so will your mind. 

Exercise reduces mental and physical stress. You can work out either at your home or at the gym to release stress chemicals that help the brain to moderate stress. The body is taught how to recover and adapt to physical and mental stress when put under physical stress regularly.

More energy

The blood flow is increased when one exercise and this helps to carry out oxygen and nutrients to our muscles making us more alert and energised. Working out regularly leads to productivity in both work and personal life. Improved sleep quality leads to improved energy since our bodies get the rest it needs. 

When you exercise you make healthy nutritional choices, have a perception of more energy, and consume less caffeine daily. Exercise increases your heart rate. Starting your day with exercise increases your workout as you feel more energised.

Increased happiness

When you exercise, happy chemicals called endorphins are released which act in a similar way as pain medicine interacting with your brain’s neurotransmitters. The endorphins are released naturally by exercise, and can reduce depression and increase feelings of euphoria post-workout. Exercising outdoors also gives you a boost of happiness.

Alleviates anxiety

Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It reduces feelings of anxiety than a bubble bath because it releases endorphins and gives your mind something else to focus on like keeping your breathing steady. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. 

Exercise helps to improve your physical condition faster and interrupts the flow of constant worries running through your head. 

Tones your muscles

Experts say that regular exercise keeps your muscles, bones and joints strong and functioning well, but also helps prevent falls and fractures. It can also help in honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, while also improving health and also for enjoyment. It can decrease energy expenditure as muscles become more efficient. 

Increased cognitive function

Cognitive functions tend to decline as one age. Exercising regularly at any age affects the part of the brain that acts on memory and improves its function. When you exercise regularly you retain more new information.

Sharper memory and thinking

The endorphins will help you feel better and help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp for tasks at hand. Exercise stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps prevent age-related decline. 

Develop and strengthen interpersonal relationships

People spend quality time together during exercise keeping each other motivated. By feeling confident from exercise, one will seek out others with the same interests hence developing and strengthening interpersonal relationships as a basic human need. Belonging to a community has a great impact on mental health and help you reach success with your health goals.


Dennis Relojo-Howell is the founder of Psychreg.

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