MBL Original Content!

5 ways exercise can boost your mental health

As soon as exercise becomes part of your regular daily routine, you’ll start to notice that you’re actually looking forward to your workouts -- when at one point, you may have dreaded them.

Updated: December 6, 2020
boost your mental health
By MBL Featured Blogger: Karen Eisenbraun
Originally Posted: April 20, 2020

Exercise Can Boost Your Mental Health | and offers countless health benefits that go above and beyond just the physical.

Exercise can manipulate and boost your mental health by way of relieving stress and releasing feel-good hormones and chemicals, such as endorphins.

Here are five ways exercise has been found to boost the state of your mental health, in addition to helping you lose weight.

1. Exercise reverses stress

Exercising for between 20 and 30 minutes per day can increase your brain’s levels of happy, soothing, and feel-good chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. A 2010 study even shows that exercise may actually be able to reverse the effects that stress has on aging — in turn, reversing the overall aging process. Better yet, exercise restricts blood flow to the areas of our brains that cause us to think about and relive stressful thoughts and moments.

2. Exercise lifts depression

Who needs antidepressants when you can exercise? Research shows that engaging in intense, sweat-inducing physical activity can reduce symptoms of depression just as effectively, if not more so, than antidepressants. Exercise has the ability to stimulate the growth of neurons that reside in the parts of our brains that have been damaged by depression. So instead of resorting to eating junk food or engaging in other behaviors harmful to health, head to the gym instead.

3. Exercise improves self-esteem

Conquering even the smallest fitness milestones can result in a major surge of self-esteem and body image — even if you’re not seeing physical changes right away. Being able to run a bit faster, lift heavier weights, or do a few extra push-ups can make you feel incredible about yourself and about your progress.

4. Exercise makes you feel happier

The more intense your workouts are, the happier and more euphoric you’ll feel afterward. Interval training is often the best type of exercise you can do to achieve those bursts of energy and happiness. Do as many reps as you can, or run, swim, or bike as fast as you can for between 30 and 45 seconds at a time to experiencing a lasting feeling of euphoria throughout the day.

5. Exercise may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Research Center, exercising regularly is one of the best ways to combat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise has been shown to protect the hippocampus, which is responsible for controlling memory and spatial navigation and is one of the first sections of the brain to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

Comments

Author

  • Recent Posts
Author Details

Karen Eisenbraun is a certified holistic nutrition consultant and writer with a background in digital marketing. She has written extensively on the topics of nutrition and holistic health for many leading websites.

Karen received her nutrition certification from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in 2012. She follows a ketogenic diet and practices intermittent fasting. Karen advocates a whole foods approach to nutrition and believes in empowering yourself with information that allows you to make smarter decisions about your health.

Recent Posts
    The User does not have any posts

If you like this post, check these out!

woman measuring her weight on a modern smart scales

10 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing the Weight

We’re in very interesting times right now as the coronavirus continues to spread across the world. More people are at home, and surprisingly, more people ... Continue Reading

side view of young woman standing on digital scales in bathroom

The 15 Best Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work

Losing weight isn’t easy for anyone and it can seem overwhelming. Not only do you have to find the balance between eating healthy and still ... Continue Reading

Christmas gifts and decorations

MyBigLife Favorite Things-2020

This year MyBigLife has come out with a list of their favorite things for 2020. Well if Oprah’s doing it, we wanted in, too.  We ... Continue Reading

Vegetarian recipe

We Went Vegetarian for One Week! Here’s How it Went!

Vegan Hans was the first to suggest we try it.  OK, Hans – vegetarian YES – vegan NO! emphatically NO! To be honest, I was ... Continue Reading

MyBigLife.com does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for any medical condition.

If you are having a medical emergency please call 911 immediately!​

SHARE

LIfestyle Blog Search

Hey - Before You Go,

How About A Free Holiday
Gift From MBL?

Download Your Copy of Our Healthy Holiday Recipes Ebook!