Understanding the connection between your body’s physical health and mental state is crucial so as to develop a balanced mental well-being—what the mind thinks and the crucial parts of the brain that control bodily functions.
Exercising daily for at least half an hour every day helps to deliver oxygen to the brain. This helps to boost your memory, reasoning capacity, and reaction times.
Exercise and depression
Studies show that exercising regularly can treat depression both mild and moderate same as antidepressant drugs doctors prescribe—but definitely without the side-effects. Harvard T.H. Chan Faculty of Public Health recently concluded that jogging for 10-15 minutes every day or taking a walk on a daily basis reduces the danger of having major depression by 26%. Additionally, exercising helps to relieve depression symptoms and can prevent you from a relapse.
Exercise is believed to be a powerful depression fighter because it promotes all types of changes in the brain: neural growth, reduced inflammation, and other new activity patterns that help promote feelings of calmness and well-being. Exercise releases endorphins, the powerful chemicals in your brain, energizing your spirits and cause you feel good.
Exercise and anxiety
Exercise can act as a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment by relieving tension and stress. Exercising boosts a person’s physical and mental energy that enhances their well-being through the release of endorphins.
When exercising, always focus more on your body the way it feels, notice the sensation as you exercise, how your feet hits the ground, and the rhythm of your breathing, plus the wind on your skin. By being mindful, you’ll not only improve your physical condition, but you may interrupt the flow of the constant worries running through your head.
Exercise and stress
Ever noticed how your body changes whenever you’re under stress? The body muscles especially in your face, neck, and shoulders, become tense, leaving you with backache or pain in the neck not forgetting painful headaches. You’ll get a tightness feeling in your chest, a pounding pulse, or muscle cramps. Conditions such as insomnia, heartburn, stomachache, diarrhea, or frequent urination may also occur. Worrying unnecessarily and having feelings of discomfort from the physical symptoms may in turn cause more stress, thus a creation of vicious cycle between your mind and body.
Exercising is therefore the quickest effective way to break this vicious cycle.
Exercise and ADHD
Exercising more frequently is one of the quickest, simplest, and the most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Exercising helps in the improved concentration, motivation, memory, and mood. It works in almost the same way as ADHD prescribed drugs: Ritalin and Adderall.
Exercise and Post-traumatic stress disorder
Research shows that by focusing more on your body and how it feels when exercising may actually help your nervous system become “unstuck” and start to maneuver out of the stress response that characterizes PTSD. Control your mind from wandering by paying close attention to the physical sensations in your joints and muscles, even your insides as your body moves.
Getting involved in physical activity such as swimming, taking daily walks, among others is believed to be working effectively among people suffering from mild depression, anxiety, and also acts as stress relievers.
Try to nurture your body and mental health with exercises because the anaerobic capacity and muscle size, can improve a person’s physical well-being and physique, trim the waistline, improve a person’s sex life, and may even add some years to your life.
*Article written by a Shazzy Fitness guest blogger.