We all know about the physical benefits of regular exercise such as improved health, weight loss, lower blood pressure, stronger bones and muscles, and reducing the risk of a heart attack. But what about the benefits to our mental health? Exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress levels to boost brain power and to increase well-being, confidence, and self-esteem.
Exercise has been proven to boost our mood and to help to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety, it aids us by raising endorphin levels to increase the feelings of happiness. Taking part in moderate levels of exercise can have huge benefits to our stress levels, by increasing heart rate and stimulating the increased production of neurohormones to help the body cope with stressful situations better.
Another benefit often overlooked and undervalued is that of sleep. All forms of physical activity have been shown to play a major role in helping to regulate the body's circadian rhythm and the increase in body temperature is known to play a role in helping to calm the mind. All this leads to easier and a much better quality of sleep and the psychological benefits that this brings.
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