Exercise & Mental Health

Exercise is the perfect way to maintain your physical health, muscle size and the way you look, it can even add years onto your life and we don’t think it can get much better than that. But in fact it can, the benefits go beyond just physicality. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health, even if you are already feeling perfectly okay, exercise will make you feel that little bit better!

But the point we are trying to make here is that if you are currently in a state of low mental health, something as simple as exercise can work wonders for you. We asked some of our Xercise4Less members how exercise has helped them mentally and we received only positive responses.

Member responses to how exercise has impacted their mental health and well being:

  • Taking an hour myself at the gym helps calm my busy mind
  • It stops me thinking too much. For an hour or 2 it’s my escape and therapy
  • Xercise4Less motivates me everyday
  • Exercise helped me when I was at my lowest. It allowed me to escape and have time for me
  • It helped me control my mind in difficult situations
  • It helps relieve tension and makes me sleep better. Always feel less stressed after training
  • The gym is my therapy
  • It gives me something to look forward to work on, and to keep going
  • Helped me to lessen my anxiety, improve my thought processes and clear my mind

So if you are feeling doom and gloom, we can assure you that a work out will get you out of that mentality.

Exercising stimulates changes in the brain giving you a more positive outlook on life, some of these changes are neural growth and reduced inflammation, as well as just a general sense of well-being.

So whilst you are breaking out a sweat, the exercise that you are doing produces protein that is released into the bloodstream, this protein helps the growth of new nerves and synapses, so you are not only making your body stronger, but also your brain, which can only be a positive for someone who may be struggling mentally.

Exercise is a completely natural remedy for mental treatment and introducing it into your lifestyle also brings along a sense of routine, another great benefit, as mental health is disruptive and can turn our worlds upside down and we feel a complete loss of control, this feeling can bring on a whole host of negative emotions so forming a healthy habit like an exercise routine helps you to regain control, reducing your stress levels.

 Speaking of stress, have you ever noticed how your muscles feel when you are stressed? Tense and achy? Well exercise helps to release these up tight feelings and relieves the tension in your body, relaxing your muscles.

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