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Celebrating Women & Girls In Sports

Celebrating Women & Girls In Sports

10 Mental Health Benefits Of Exercise

Do you ever feel as if you are exercising daily, but wonder what you benefit from it? Exercising daily is key to feeling good mentally and physically in everyday life.

You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs.

 

Weight Loss

This is the most obvious and well-known benefit of exercising. The more an individual works out, the more likely they are to see weight loss results. Those who recognize a difference in their appearance will not only become happier mentally, but will most likely choose to continue their fitness journey.

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Mood Improvement

Forget about the glass of wine! Engaging in exercise releases chemicals that help men and women feel more relaxed. The endorphins that are released are better known as “happy chemicals!”

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Energy Boost

Regular physical activity can strengthen your muscles and boost endurance. Exercising sends oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and allows the cardiovascular system to work more efficiently. Therefore, when the lungs and heart work better, one has more energy! 

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Better Sleep

Exercising leads to falling asleep faster and deepening your sleep. You mind is at ease when your body is tired.

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Focus On The Positive

Overwhelmed with work or everyday life? Exercising allows individuals to stay engaged and focused on their workouts. Physical activity redirects ones’ thinking into a more positive direction. 

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Healthy Coping

Some people turn to coping mechanisms like drinking alcohol, binge-eating, avoiding problems, etc. Those strategies are ineffective. Those who use exercise to cope with whatever they are dealing with alleviate anxiety and depression and can better calm their thoughts.

 

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Endorphin Rush

Exercise releases endorphins, tiny chemicals in the body that create feelings of happiness and euphoria. Endorphins also help alleviate symptoms of those who are clinically depressed. Therefore, to those who don’t enjoy exercising, it’s worth a shot! Go out there for at least 20-30 minutes and release those happy chemicals. 

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Improved Self-Confidence

Physical fitness can boost self-esteem and improve your self-image. Regardless of weight, size, or age engaging in exercise can help elevate a person’s perception of their attractiveness. Self-confidence leads to self-love. 

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Anxiety Alleviation

Those endorphin chemicals, also referred to as “happy chemicals,” help people who suffer from anxiety disorders calm down. To those who suffer from anxiety, hop on a treadmill for cardio exercises and reduce anxiety sensitivity.

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Memory Enhancement

Perspiring increases the production of cells in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a part of the brain that is responsible for memory and learning. Get ready to win big on those high-intensity brain games! Now go exercise so you can remember all of these tips.  

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