Tuesday, 4 June 2019

4 Mental Health Benefits of Exercising

If you asked me to list each and every benefit of exercise, well, where would I start...THERE'S SO MANY!

Getting our body moving and breaking a sweat regularly has many benefits well beyond earning that six-pack and perfectly toned legs – it's great for your mental health!

At Fitcover, we are big believers that a healthy mind is just as (if not more) important than a fit body. That's why we are here to serve you with four awesome mental benefits of exercising regularly!

Mood-Boosting Chemicals

Exercising isn't merely strengthening our muscles and joints, it also triggers physical reactions in the brain. When we exercise our brain releases 'feel-good' chemicals in our brain, like endorphins and serotonin that boost our mood. 

Sometimes you don't feel too great WHILE you're working out, but keep going because you'll be rewarded with a delightful dose of happiness post-workout. You can't see it, but trust us you'll feel it!

Improves Your Sleep Quality 

Getting 8 hours of sound, quality sleep is sometimes easier said than done. 

If you're someone who really struggles to 'shut-off' at night, and counting sheep has proved fruitless thus far, you may want to give working out a go.

Exercise helps us relive pent up energy allowing us to slip into deep sleep easier. Why is this good? Well, deep sleep helps boost immune function, support cardiac health, and control stress and anxiety. Simply said, the more deep sleep hours you clock up overnight, the better you will feel both mentally and physically the next day. 

Time with Friends 

If you're going through a hard time you don't need to do it alone! 

Exercising with friends is a great way to forget about your problems, or work through them with your bestie. There's nothing better than a long afternoon walk, or quick park HIIT sesh, or yoga class with a good friend to help you forget about your problems and remember what's important. 

Oh and the benefits of exercise? That's just a bonus! 

A Wonderful Distraction 

If nothing else, exercise will at the very least serve as a great distraction from negative thoughts! 

When we are feeling down the last thing we should do is mope around, scrolling on our phone, feeling sorry for ourselves. Physical benefits aside, getting out of the house, away from social media and sweating up a serious storm is a great way to banish negative thoughts and clear your mind.

Do you want to know why mental health is on our mind? As you may have seen already, we have joined the #GiveItAwayInMay campaign.

What Does #GiveItAwayInMay Involve? 

It's quite simple really. For the month of May, you choose to 'give away' a negative behaviour to help raise awareness for mental health. 

So far we've seen people giving away sadness, negative self-criticism and social media after 9pm. 
It's all about recognising the small behaviours and habits that have a significant impact on our mental state...and letting them go!

Why? You ask. 

I originally wrote this blog to support our #GiveItAwayInMay campaign in collaboration with Australian charity, I Am Worthmore but we believe checking in on your friends, family and self shouldn't be isolated to one day or month.

We cannot press enough on just how important it is to look after your mental health. We want women to live their best, most active lives by replacing behaviours that tear us down, with those that will lift us up! 

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