Research over the past decade has taught us about the close link between mental health and exercise. Exercise has been found to help treat and prevent depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and more. From the perspectives of positive psychology or of holism, mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life, and to create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health includes “subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, inter-generational dependence, and self-actualization of one’s intellectual and emotional potential, among others.
1. CONTROLS WEIGHT
It helps to control excess weight gain and maintain weight loss. Engagement in physical activity burn calories. Intense workout helps to burn more calories from your body. Mental health issues also get automatically cured by doing regular 30 minutes of Yoga and Pranayam a day. Regular trips to gym are great, but do not worry you unable to find a large chunk of time to exercise every day. One can join other activities like swimming, running, dancing, cycling, martial arts, etc to reap the benefits of regular exercises on mental health. Just get more active throughout your day – by taking stairs instead of the elevator or rev up your household chores. Daily 1 hour running adds the 7 hours in your life. Consistency is the key.
2. COMBATS HEALTH CONDITIONS AND DISEASES
Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Regular exercise helps prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, many types of cancer, arthritis and falls. It can also help improve cognitive function and helps lower the risk of death from all causes. Also Psychiatrist counselor suggests that daily pithy ” I am physically active and mentally fit” adds feather to ones regular exercise.
3. IMPROVES MOOD
Stressedup ? Need an emotional lift ? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A gym session or brisk walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious.
You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
4. BOOSTS ENERGY LEVEL
Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance.
Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores. Increased energy level gives relief to your mind, hence improved stamina improves mental health as a whole.
5. PROMOTES BETTER SLEEP
Snoring issues ? Struggling to snooze? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster, get better sleep and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to go to sleep. Good and better sleep helps you to get up early in the morning and makes your daily routine way more better and improved.
6. PUTS THE SPARK BACK INTO YOUR SEX LIFE
Do you feel too tired, stressed or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can improve energy levels and physical appearance, which may boost your sex life.
But there’s even more to it than that. Regular physical activity may enhance arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise. Intercourse promotes mental health as a whole.
7. REGULAR EXERCISE CAN BE FUN.. AND SOCIAL!
Exercise and physical activity can be enjoyable. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting.
So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Daily playing your favorite outdoor games like badminton, cricket, etc boosts confidence and improves mental health Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. Bored? Try something new, or do something with friends. Keep socializing with the friends, colleagues as it helps to broaden mental health as well.
Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, boost your health and have fun. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. Examples include running, walking or swimming. Fit in strength training for all the major muscle groups at least twice a week by lifting free weights, using weight machines or doing body-weight exercises.
Space out your activities throughout the week.If you want to lose weight, meet specific fitness goals or have even more benefits, you may need to increase your physical activity time.
Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or you have any concerns. START DOING!
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