How exercise can help reduce anxiety, stress and depression.
The irrational methods we commonly attempt to relieve anxiety include eating, increase tobacco, alcohol and drugs and lying on the couch watching TV. These are all attempts to distract you from the problem and alter your brain chemistry slightly. Sometimes these things work. All of these approaches, however, have negative affects on our body and in the long term if repeated result in negative consequences to our health and mood. Many of us can relate this kind of behavior; when feeling a bit down we reach for the chocolate bar or have a few extra glasses of wine. Exercise is a great the solution to short term and long-term happiness.
How many of us wish they were a bit fitter, skinnier and healthier? Being fit and active has a positive affect on our happiness as it reduces stress and anxiety. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. Endorphins are a hormone that is produced in the brain it acts as the body’s natural painkiller to help mask pain. These chemicals work together to elevate your mood and help you feel good.
As well as all these positive effects, exercise also reduces the stress hormones: adrenaline and cortisol. Over time exercises results in a lower heart rate and reduced blood pressure, which helps to relax muscles and reduce stress.
Other mood boosting benefits of exercise:
- Helps improve your sleep, which reduces anxiety and stress.
- Group exercise is a great way to make friends and be in a team environment
- By improving fitness, improve your body image will improve your confidence
- Improves energy levels which increases productivity meaning you can more out of your day – making you happy 🙂
- Helps improve productivity at school and work
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I have made so many great friends through sport and have shared so many wonderful experiences. Being able to travel with my sport and be around people who all share the same passion is an amazing thing. Even though training is tough and it is difficult to get motivated some days being part of a training group and learning to push my body produce endorphins evokes wonderful feelings. When I don’t exercise for a few days I start to feel agitated and cranky. Training and competing on whole makes me feel healthy and happy!
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