Exercise and Mental Wellness
As we know, mental health can impact physical health. But did you know adding physical activity to your schedule can help improve mood and relieve anxiety symptoms? Exercise releases chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins which help minimize discomfort from pain as well as contribute to a general feeling of well-being. Physical activity is linked to a decrease in anxiety and depression symptoms as a lack of serotonin is associated with the conditions.
While exercises such as yoga can be meditative and help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and lower the heart rate, fast-paced aerobics are the most beneficial when it comes to releasing endorphins and serotonin. Regular exercise also improves the ability to cope with stress and has been observed to improve self-esteem and body image.
Not only can exercise have a positive impact on depression and anxiety symptoms, it can help with other mental and physical processes. Regular exercise can also have a positive impact on ADHD, stress relief, sleep, memory, and even help individuals feel more energetic throughout the day. Regular exercise can even help decrease the stress response of PTSD patients. Exercise promotes changes in the brain such as neural development and has even been noted to reduce inflammation. Even if you are unable to consistently exercise in during the week, squeezing in 1-2 sessions during the weekend can provide almost as many benefits as those who work out more often.