What Exercise Contributes to Mental Health?

Exercise contributes to Mental Health
Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.
 

Whether you are looking for a way to improve* your health or you are fighting against some diseases, the people around you always seem to have an opinion on the matter, sharing different stories and advices. We understand. This could all be a bit overwhelming. Choosing the right treatment plan or the right ways to improve* your health, physical or mental can be stressful. What do we suggest? First, obviously, you will need to consult your doctor. A professional opinion on the matter is always welcomed! The other thing that we suggest is to conduct a research on your own. Having the Internet nowadays really makes the things easier with all that information on our reach. With the hope that our article will find its place during your research, we decided to dedicate an article in which we will discuss the supposed beneficial effects of exercise on your mental health! Stay with us for more information on the topic!

Brain Benefit Exercises

Does Exercise Really Improve* our Mental health?

It is quite impressive how much exercise really affects our body. Exercise has been recommended to be a part of every man’s and woman’s everyday life. Do you wonder* why? Everyday exercising for even 30 minutes daily has been proven* to cause many beneficial effects on our bodies – it helps maintain a healthy body weight, reduce* the risk of diabetes and hypertension, improves* the blood flow and etc. And as you were wondering – exercise really does improve* our mental health! In fact, everyday exercise has been recommended to be a part of every treatment plan for mental illnesses, but more about that later. Are you wondering how exercise improves* the mental health? Aerobic exercises, running, walking, dancing, swimming, jogging and cycling are just some of the exercises which cause increased blood flow to the brain and influence the physiological reactivity to stress and depression. Exercise also increases* the connection between the nerve cells in the brain which will improve* your memory and it will protect* your brain against mental diseases in the future. Exercising impacts on our mood as well. Researchers have found that people who are performing everyday exercises felt more awake and calmer, and not to mention more self – confident after they have finished their exercising session compared with individuals who are physically inactive. What other beneficial effects does exercising cause?

  • Improves* the quality of sleep
  • Increases* the interest in sex
  • Reliefs stress
  • Improves* the mood
  • Reduces* tiredness
  • Improves* the energy levels of the body as well as stamina
  • Reduces* excess body weight
  • Reduces* cholesterol
Improve* our Mental Health

With all these beneficial effects it is hard to exclude everyday exercise from your life! But, what about the impact of everyday exercise on mental illnesses? We did not forget about that. Remember how we mentioned that everyday exercise is recommended to be a part of every treatment plan for various mental illnesses? The beneficial effects from exercising have been proven* to decrease* the symptoms of various mental health conditions – e.g. depression and anxiety and reduce* stress. There is even a study done which proves that exercising really does decrease* the symptoms of depression! Remember when we mentioned the ability of exercise to improve* a person’s memory? Because of that beneficial effect, exercise has been recommended to be included in the treatment plan of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease as well. Dementia is a characteristic condition for the elderly, represented as a progressive disease that results in people becoming more impaired with time. Physical activity also seems to reduce* the risk of cognitive decline within people who are not suffering from Dementia.

Relieving Stress

Conclusion

There are many reasons why physical activity is considered to be beneficial for your health – both physical and mental health. But, it seems that many people are yet not aware of the importance of everyday exercise and they are not used to the idea that even as short as 30 minutes of everyday exercise is, they are not prepared to start exercise. The fact is that exercise has been recommended by many doctors around the world to be included as a part of your everyday routines. Being active does not mean that you must go to the gym or do any sport, you could be physically active in the way that you consider as proper – e.g. walk, jog, run, dance and etc. The point of our article was to raise awareness on the topic of the importance of exercising and its beneficial effects on our mental health. There is a reason why exercising has been recommended to be a part of the treatment plans for various mental illnesses. Increasing* the blood flow, improving* your sleep, relieving stress and improving* your energy level and stamina are just a few of the many beneficial effects that exercising has on your body and mind. Do not hesitate to start exercising as soon as you have finished reading this article!

References

  • http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/Whybeactive.aspx

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Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.