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The Hidden Benefits of Exercise

You’ve heard about the physical benefits of exercise time and time again.  It can aid in weight loss, help reduce the risk for certain types of cancer, and decrease blood pressure, cholesterol and/or blood sugar, etc.  But, what about the mental benefits of exercise?

Exercise not only improves your physical health but also improves your mental health.  Through physical activity, you can help yourself become mentally fit.  Check out the “hidden” mental benefits of exercise.

Fights Depression

 Several studies indicate that exercise may help ease depression by activating endorphins and serotonin in your body.  The release of these chemicals can lead to an increase in feelings of happiness. 

Improves Sleep

Sleep is a required aspect of life.  When you get a good night’s sleep you wake up feeling refreshed, alert and ready to take on the day.  When you don’t sleep well, you often wake up groggy and distracted.  Exercising at least four hours before bedtime may help you fall asleep faster and sleep better throughout the night.

Reduces Stress

Many people are stressed about their jobs, relationships, money, etc.  This stress can take a toll on your mental health and leave you feeling tense.  Next time you feel stressed, try taking a 30-minute walk or head to the gym.  A workout will ease the tension in your muscles and allow your mind to clear. 

Increases Energy

Many people believe that exercise will drain their energy and they will be less productive during the day.  However, the opposite is true.  Regular exercise will increase your energy and endurance, allowing you to get through the day without feeling tired. 

Elevates Your Mood

Even if you don’t experience clinical depression, exercise can improve your overall disposition.  As we noted above, exercise releases endorphins and serotonin to help improve your mood.  Knowing you did something positive for health may also help to improve your mood. 

The benefits of exercise are infinite!  Exercise can help you look and feel better, both physically and mentally.