Whether we like to admit it or not, we all know that regular exercise is good for our health. Still, sometimes getting up and moving is easier said than done. Exercise includes a range of physical activities that can be performed regardless of age, sex, physical or mental ability. Regular physical activity can prevent and treat a list of health concerns, including Cardiovascular and Respiratory problems.
But I bet you didn't know that regular exercise can assist in achieving sound mental health. Whether you're experiencing a case of Mondayitis or something more severe, exercise can improve your mood and put you in a healthy headspace. Remember before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any concerns about your physical and mental health, make sure to consult your doctor.
Have you ever gone for a run and felt great afterward? If so, you have experienced what is referred to as ‘runners high’. ‘Runners high’ occurs when the brain registers that you have physically exerted yourself. As a response, your brain releases multiple feel-good chemicals, including Serotonin, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Adrenaline, and Endorphins, which all play a role in regulating moods. These particular chemical responses from the brain are not just reserved for runs but any activity that leaves you slightly puffed out.
The Mental Benefits of Exercising
Types of Exercises to Improve Mood
While any exercise will be rewarding and beneficial to your overall health, regular exercise is always better than exercise performed sporadically. Similarly, some types of exercises are better than others. First and foremost, you always want to choose something you enjoy so you can stick with it. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you should do 150 minutes worth of moderate- intensity aerobic activity mixed with two sessions of muscle-strengthening activities within a week.
Make your move
We often try to start a workout routine to attain goals that are concerned with our physical appearance; in the short-term, there is very little to no sense of gratification, this can often make us feel less motivated, and at times we give up altogether. Next time you work out, I suggest focusing on how you feel mentally rather than what you look like physically. If you take this on board, the benefits will be almost instantaneous, giving you a greater chance of sticking to your newly founded workout routine. Remember before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any concerns about your physical and mental health, make sure to consult your doctor.