A recent study says that exercise is great not only for a person’s physical well-being but also for his/her mental health.
Here are five ways in which exercise can help improve your mental health.
Acts as a natural medication for depression: Go for a run or walk outside with a friend. For depression, workouts that are high intensity and greater in length work the best. Working out with a companion keeps you accountable and inspired, and being outdoors gives you the benefit of natural light therapy.
Lowers anxiety levels: Seek out low to moderate intensity exercises that are not competitive since high-intensity exercise can actually increase anxiety symptoms. It is important to start slowly, avoiding vigorous activity right away, and work your way up to it. Swimming is a great exercise to try because it combines cardio benefits with a sense of relaxation.
Lifts a bad mood — really fast: Cardio is best to get out of a slump because of its ability to raise your heart rate and get you moving. Biking is a great way to get your heart rate up while also boosting your spirits by being outside in nature and enjoying the day.
Boosts your self-esteem: Find an exercise that eliminates space for any kind of negativity. Yoga or Pilates are great exercises because they are meditative and really help you focus on yourself for a while and leave all your worries behind.
Strengthens relationships: Exercising with a family member leads to healthier communication in that particular relationship. Get out and play catch with your children or simply take a daily walk with your partner to chat about your day. Whatever you choose to do, make sure the activity is not too vigorous; communication needs to be involved.