Part 1: Exercise is one of the 3 foundations of mental health. See why.
There is nothing bad about exercising and workout in general. You should exercise because your ecosystem can benefit from it. What many people may not be aware of is the effect that physical activity can have on a person’s mental health.
Exercise reduces stress:
Exercise has been shown to significantly reduce daily stress. It increases self-reported levels of happiness and lower levels of sadness and loneliness in the short and long term. Exercise can prevent depression and anxiety disorders. In some cases, it can even be as effective as psychological and pharmaceutical treatments. One study also found that running just 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour can reduce the risk of major depression by 26%.
The reason behind the positive effect of exercise on the body?
Exercise stimulates your body’s production of endorphins and hormones. It helps you relax, feel more pleasure, feel less pain, and reduce the amount of a stress hormone in your body. Those hormones are called cortisol. Exercise also helps your brain make more dopamine and serotonin, which are chemicals responsible for your happiness.
Physical activities creates a sense of community
Activities like fitness classes and team sports are opportunities for social interaction that boost moods and decrease feelings of loneliness. When it becomes a habit, exercise can also improve self-esteem and promote a sense of self-worth. The sport also reduces more than 40% in the number of days of poor mental health experienced by those who exercise regularly compared to people who do not exercise.
Exercising 30 to 60 minutes per day means an important reduction in days of poor mental health. Therefore, it is obvious that the obsessive exercise is not healthy.
Team sports and aerobics help to decrease days of poor mental health. Unfortunately, more than a quarter of adults worldwide don’t get enough exercise. Therefore, you need to identify the exercises that you enjoy doing, then set reasonable goals and stick to an exercise routine to see positive results.
People in their 20s can engage in a wide variety of exercises, but should focus on developing bone mineral density. They should therefore do weight-bearing exercises that promote bone growth. These exercises can include running, weightlifting of martial arts.
People in their 30s and 40s start to lose muscle. Therefore, strength training is especially important during this time. It is also important to do cardiovascular exercises such as rowing and swimming.
People over 50 should focus on exercises that promote balance. They should consider water aerobics, stretching and light activities. However, it is important to consult your doctor before starting any new exercise routine to make sure they are safe for you.
At the end of the day, there is a direct correlation between physical health and mental health. I have yet to meet someone who feels bad after doing an exercise program. Everyone always tends to feel good about themselves after doing it. Knowing that they have done something to improve their health in a positive way.