We all know how important exercises are to keep us physically fit. Be it cardio, strength and conditioning, basic rehabilitation, HIIT or any other form of exercises. But did you know how that exercise and mental health can help us to keep ourselves physically and mentally fit ?
Research shows that people who exercise regularly have better mental health and emotional wellbeing, and also lower rates of mental illness. Rates of depression and anxiety are at their highest recorded levels in countries like India, China, USA and UK. Undoubtedly, many aspects of “modern life” namely increasing social isolation, poor diets, a focus on money and image, contribute to this state. However inactivity is another key factor. Research suggests that physical activity for mild depression can be as effective as antidepressants or psychological treatments like cognitive behavioural therapy.
Exercise is well known to stimulate the body to produce endorphins and encephalis, the body’s natural feel-good hormones which can make problems seem more manageable. The simple act of focussing on exercise can give us a break from current concerns and damaging self-talk. Further, depending on the activity, people may benefit from calming exercises, to be energized, and get outside or interact with others, all of which are known to improve the mental health.