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Exercise and Mental Health

By The E2E Team ©

Exercise doesn't mean expense - take a jog or a walk

Exercise of various forms has been around for centuries, it can impact your life in such a positive way. It is beneficial to your mind and body, yet many of us steer away from this amazing free opportunity to self care. Why don’t we take advantage of something that promotes health and well being?

Due to outside factors, some individuals don't practice self care and exercise as much as they should. We put exercise off; I haven’t got time, I will go to a class when I feel fitter, l’m not fit enough, I’m not strong enough. You name it, some folks will will use it as an excuse. You haven’t got to look like Arnie back in his day, swim like Michael Phelps or run like Usain Bolt to enjoy exercising. Exercise is the miracle medicine we have always had. Let’s use it.

Short Term Benefits

  • Exercise can boost your mood - with the release of endorphins

  • Supports weight control

  • Boosts confidence

  • Can help alleviate anxiety

  • Increases energy levels

  • Helps fight diabetes

  • Supports brain health and memory

  • Helps with relaxation and sleep

  • Reduces stress

Exercise benefits everyone regardless of age and instills healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Whatever your stage in life or your fitness levels there is always something you can do. Start slowly and build up your levels when you feel the time is ready.

Exercise increases the endorphins in your body, sending positive messages to the brain. Feeling fitter and having the added bonus of your body looking in better shape will increase you self-esteem and confidence. Your mind will be sharper, your muscles will be more reactive and your worries will be tackled.

Long Term Benefits

  • Strengthens the heart

  • Increases blood flow

  • Lowers heart rate

  • Strengthens muscles and bones

  • Reduces risk of heart attack

  • Reduces cholesterol

  • Reduces risk of heart disease

  • Offers a healthy lifestyle

  • Clear mind and body

Our health is the most important thing to us. In essence, it keeps us alive longer and enables a better life. Exercise strengthens the heart and lowers our heart rate. It helps the body function more effectively, alleviating stress on the body's vital organs.

Exercise helps clear the arteries, which allows the blood to pump though the body at a better rate. This reduces the risk of high cholesterol. Increasing better blood flow means we are more functional in both mind and body. Better blood flow, better breathing, less tension, less stress, healthier vital organs and a clearer mind can only be good, right?

Exercise and feeling good generally will also encourage better eating habits, a more active lifestyle and offer the opportunity to meet people.

Exercise And Mental Health

We know exercise is good for your body. But it’s also a natural medicine for your mental health.

Exercise Boosts

  • Your mood

  • Helps deal with anxiety

  • Helps you cope with stress

  • Helps you tackle depression

  • Makes you alert

  • Gives self confidence

  • Boosts self-esteem

  • Motivates you

Even just a modest amount of exercise can make a real difference. Exercise acts as a natural anti-depressant. Releasing endorphins, it promotes all kinds of positive changes to the brain. It energises your spirits, making you feel good. Tension, stress and anxiety are common in the world these days. These feel good endorphins help to take away those daily worries. Have you ever noticed when you're feeling stressed your neck feels stiff, your shoulders are heavy, you get backache, headache and other discomforts? Exercise helps these problems. When the endorphins are released it helps the muscles relax and eases the tension. When your body feels good, so will your mind. Exercise is free, you don’t need to sign up to a fancy gym. You can walk, jog, or work with your own body weight. Many internet sites including YouTube have home videos to follow. You can exercise alone or with friends. Look at all the benefits exercise offers, please stop putting it off. Start your journey today, do a five minute walk today and each week add a minute. See how we progress. Exercise is the mind and body’s best medicine - start taking it.


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