Article By: Maj. Dr. Carl Nutsugah
Most of us know the many physical benefits of exercise: weight control, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of diabetes, and increased energy, just to name a few. But what about the psychological benefits of exercise? From easing symptoms of depression and anxiety to keeping your memory sharp, there’s no shortage of mental benefits of exercise. Whether you need the motivation to get to the gym or to just take a brisk walk, the five psychological benefits of physical activity below will have you tying up your shoelaces and heading out the door.
In this era of exponential growth of “metabolic syndrome” and obesity, lifestyle modifications could be a cost-effective way to improve health and quality of life. Lifestyle modifications can assume especially great importance in individuals with serious mental illness. Many of these individuals are at a high risk of chronic diseases associated with sedentary behavior and medication side effects, including diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular disease. An essential component of lifestyle modification is exercise. The importance of exercise is not adequately understood or appreciated by patients and mental health professionals alike. Evidence has suggested that exercise may be an often-neglected intervention in mental health care.
Mental health is important to everyone, but it’s especially important for professionals. The mental benefits of exercise are well-documented, and they can help you be more productive and happier.
Do you feel mentally tired after a long day of work? Or perhaps you’re struggling to concentrate during the day? If you’re like most professionals, you probably feel this way from time to time.
There are many physical and mental health benefits to exercise. Here are 10 of the most common:
1. Increased productivity. Exercise can help you stay focused and motivated.
2. Improved mood. Exercise has been shown to improve mood and cognitive function.
3. Reduced stress. Exercise can help you reduce stress levels and improve your overall mental health.
4. Reduced anxiety. Exercise has been shown to help reduce anxiety and tension.
5. Improved sleep. Exercise can help you get a better night’s sleep.
6. Increased sense of well-being. Exercise has been shown to increase overall happiness and well-being.
7. Increased resistance to stress. Exercise can help you develop greater resistance to stress and anxiety.
8. Improved cardiovascular health. Exercise can help improve your cardiovascular health.
9. Greater self-confidence. Exercise can increase self-confidence and improve your sense of self-worth.
10. Greater physical strength and endurance. Exercise can help you develop greater physical strength and endurance.
So whether you’re looking to improve your physical health or mental health, exercise can be a great way to achieve your goals. So don’t wait any longer – start working towards your fitness goals today!