Exercise Your Way to Better Mental Health

May 19, 2017

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How Exercise Can Improve Mental Health

It's clear that exercise can help improve your physical health but did you know that exercise is actually one of the best ways to improve your mental health too? Running, dancing, swimming, walking, and even gardening is shown to enhance your mood and improve your overall mental wellbeing. 

When you exercise your brain releases feel good neurochemicals called endorphins which act as natural pain killers and can "bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being". This can explain why you might get a "runner's high" after a long run.

Just by getting the recommended amount of exercise, which is at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week, is shown to:

  • Increase energy
  • Improve sleep
  • Alleviate stress and anxiety
  • Enhance mood 
  • Increase stamina
  • Combat depression
  • Improve self-esteem

If you want to improve your mood and overall mental wellbeing then get outside, get moving, and exercise your way to better mental health. 

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