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Exercise Can Improve Mental Health

exercise can improve mental health

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Physical activity is good for your body and mind. Research has shown that exercise can improve mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and a negative mood. Including exercise into your everyday routine will give you both physical and mental well-being benefits. Here are some mental health benefits of exercise:

  • Boost Mood: Exercise triggers mood-boosting chemicals in your brain that make you feel happy.
  • Reduce Stress: Physical activity can reduce the levels of stress hormones in your body.
  • Sleep Better: Exercise can help you regulate your sleep patterns and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. Try to exercise at least one to two hours before bed to give your brain time to wind down.
  • Memory Improvement: Endorphins can help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp for work or other tasks.
  • Provide More Energy: Increasing your heart rate and boosting oxygen circulation in your body can make you feel more energized.
  • Higher Self-Esteem: When exercise becomes a habit, you may feel more powerful, confident, and accomplished when you meet your fitness goals.
  • Stronger Resilience: Exercise can help build resilience and cope with mental or emotional challenges instead of turning to unhealthy behaviors.

Any movement or exercise can be beneficial to your mental well-being. Exercise can take your mind off your problems or negative thoughts by redirecting them to the activity at hand.

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Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization, or providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”