Mental Health: 5 Benefits of Exercising Regularly

Updated: Aug 20, 2019

Working out has to be one of the hardest things to do. Might be because of your busy schedule, because you feel you don't really need it or because 'you cannot kill yourself' like my Nigerian friends will say.

Those who hold this kind of sentiment about working out obviously do not know the benefits of working out and feel it's just for building muscle and getting a rocking body.

This article highlights five reasons why you should workout. Read along.

Reduce stress.

The world seems to be moving at a fast pace and stress, one of the fast killers in the world seems like one thing that cannot be totally checked out. On another hand, it can be well managed and exercise helps with this.

Norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress is said to be increased in the body during exercise.

This goes to prove that exercise can help the brain fight stress as increasing your heart rate can reverse stress-induced brain damage by stimulating the production of neurohormones like norepinephrine as mentioned above, which not only improve cognition and mood but improve thinking clouded by stressful events.

Boost happy chemicals.

We all want to be happy. It in fact is the ultimate goal for almost all of us if not all. But it is hard to actually get to that point where we are always happy and exercising can help with this as it is proven that exercising releases endorphins, which creates feelings of happiness and euphoria.

Studies have shown that exercise can relieve symptoms in people battling depression. Although not in all cases, exercise can just be as effective as antidepressant pills in treating depression.

Improve self-confidence.

The feeling of self-love is very important for mental health. It connects to everything as we need to first see ourselves as unique before someone else can tap into that. Some people find it hard to see themselves from a place of love, probably because they feel they're overweight. Some minutes of a quick walk or run can help correct this.

Regardless of weight, size, gender, or age, exercise can quickly elevate a person’s perception of his or her attractiveness, generally increasing self-worth and self-love.

Prevent cognitive decline.

The human brain and cognitive abilities slip as we get older. This is usually caused by aging and degenerative diseases that kills off the brain cells or make it lose many important brain functions.

Exercising can strengthen the brain against cognitive decline and boosts the chemicals in the brain that supports and prevent degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for memory and learning.

Boost brainpower.

We might not be giving exercising as much credit as it needs because it does more than we know and boosting brain power is one of those things. Studies shows that cardiovascular exercise can create neurogenesis and improve overall brain performance.

This goes to say cardiovascular exercises can increase levels of a brain-derived protein in the body that helps with decision making, higher thinking, and learning.

Now that you know the importance of exercise, we want to help you on the journey, hold your hand if we can. You should follow @takersclub for all the inspiration you need on your journey to mental health and wellness.

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