Studies show that physical activity can help boost your mood, alleviate anxiety and even reduce symptoms of depression. Here’s how exercise can help improve your mental health:
- Feel more relaxed and positive due to the endorphins (hormones) released while you exercise
- Get a positive distraction from worries and anxieties.
- Your brain is able to digest information, solve problems and engage in creativity while you sweat, stretch and pump.
- Boost your self-image and appearance as you control your weight and tone up your muscles.
- Improve the quality of your sleep for increased vitality.
7 exercise tips to boost your mood
To reap the powerful beneficial effects of exercise, follow these tips:
- Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
- Exercise at least five days a week.
- Do something you enjoy to get motivated and keep exercising.
- Include some endorphin-producing, moderate intensity aerobic exercises.
- Invite a friend to exercise with you.
- Experiment with different types of exercise and different activities to find the ones that help you the most.
- Try keeping an exercise/mood journal to track your state of mind before and after sweat sessions.