In order to reach our fitness goals we know that exercise and a well balanced diet is the answer, but what if we told you that exercise can have a great effect on your mental health too?
Exercise has many powers, it’s often seen as a form of stress relief but can also improve our mood and focus our mind on positive thoughts. Mental health can often be overlooked and be seen as a taboo subject, not with us Cutie, we want to help our community by offering advice and hopefully give you all the confidence that you deserve.
So you may be wondering how exactly can getting sweaty at the gym help your mental health? Let us explain…
The Science Behind It
‘The Happiness Chemical’
During exercise our body releases a chemical called ‘Dopamine'. Dopamine provides us with the drive and motivation that we need during a workout and increases our happiness levels, leaving you with the satisfaction of a good workout. The more Dopamine your body releases the happier you will feel.
One of the most common mental benefits of exercise is stress relief, raising your heart beat and working up a sweat can help you manage physical and mental stress. Exercise helps to increase levels of a chemical called norepinephrine which allows your brain to moderate its response to stress.
‘A Sleepy Love Affair’
Yes, exercise makes you sleep better Cutie! It allows you to re-set your body clock and give you the rest that your body needs. A good night’s sleep will make you feel better and more positive for the fresh day ahead.
Here are more benefits of how exercise can help to boost our mental health:
- Weight maintenance/loss
- Improves mood
- Stress relief
- Stamina and endurance improvement
- Reduces cholesterol
- Improves self confidence
- Relieves anxiety
- Boosts brain power and sharpens our memory
It’s There to be Enjoyed
Exercise is important, but what’s more important Cutie is that you enjoy it. Find a form of exercise that you will love otherwise it will soon become a chore. No exercise is bad exercise so find something that you are passionate about whether it’s going for a walk, yoga or swimming. Pick something that makes you HAPPY.
The Flip Side
It’s possible that too much exercise could make you unhappy! Never beat yourself up about skipping a gym session or not having enough time to fit your workout it. Take each day as it comes and most importantly listen to your body. Exercise is supposed to be enjoyable and part of a healthy lifestyle, our mental well-being is just as important as our physical one so treat this as a little booster and remember Cutie, the key is BALANCE.