I like to move, it move it!
Yes, our title is indeed a reference to the hit song by Reel 2 Reel, but “moving it”—that is, physical activity—really does have positive effects on your morale. Discover five benefits of exercise for your mental health that will make you want to get back into your gym clothes!
Less stress = more happiness
Busy schedules, budding careers, end-of-semester chaos, lack of sleep, unattainable crushes—the list of daily stresses is endless. We never know which obstacles life will throw our way, but adding physical activity to our schedule can help us better cope with the stress. Research has shown that exercise, or physical exertion, promotes the production of happiness hormones. In the short term, the body releases endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, which make us feel calm. In the medium term, these hormones counteract daily stress and anxiety levels. A sure-fire way to get these benefits? Choose a sport that will make you unwind!
More rest, without an earlier bedtime
Did you know that regular physical activity improves sleep quality? Exercise helps us fall asleep faster, stay asleep through the night, and enter deep sleep more easily. In other words, no need to sleep in to feel rested. However, you should avoid too much physical activity before bed, as intense exercise increases adrenaline levels.
Are you completely overwhelmed with work and thinking of cancelling your gym membership or skipping your midday yoga class? Bad idea! Physical activity improves our ability to stay concentrated. The more focused we are on our tasks, the quicker we complete our to-do list—it’s as simple as that. Ultimately, we save valuable time!
Determination and discipline
Whether you want to run your first 5K or train for a triathlon, setting fitness goals is a great way to push your limits every day. The point isn’t to shoot for the Moon, but to feel like you’re making progress. Goal-setting is a simple principle that we often hear about, but once you put it into practice, it gives you the euphoric feeling of being able to achieve anything.
A healthy mind in a healthy body
It should go without saying: exercise is not just about losing weight. A healthy mind equals a healthy body and vice-versa. It’s all about balance. When you sleep better, you feel less stressed, more determined, and more focused; you feel unburdened and ready to face all life’s challenges.
If you are someone who exercises regularly, you’ve surely experienced the benefits of this mind–body balance. One thing is certain: it’s never too late to start getting into shape. Setting aside time to work out at the gym, play Ultimate Frisbee, or release your inner yogi benefits both the body and mind.
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