How proper exercise can help with your mental health
Exercise and mental health have an extremely close connection that most people are not aware of.
It’s pretty much a known fact that daily exercise is great for you and helps your physical health… whether you wish to lose unwanted body fat, build up your muscle mass, or if you simply want to improve your overall physical well-being.
Exercise also improves your cardio health, stamina, muscle strength and overall joint health, etc. However, it may come as a surprise that regular daily exercise also offers numerous mental health and wellbeing benefits, no matter your age.
So let’s get started to look at what exercising means when it comes to mental health. Moreover, what physical activities in your daily life can indirectly contribute to your psychological well-being?
Mental health and Exercise
According to a study, even a 10-minute workout can benefit you in many ways. However, ideally, a 30-45 minute session, 3-5 times a week will offer you several physical and mental health benefits.
Tips on how to getting started
It can be hard to find the motivation to get up and exercise. Try following these steps:
Set your goals: Find a goal you have always dreamed of achieving. For example, you have always wanted to run a 5k, or bench 100lbs, or or maybe you just want to increase your muscle mass, etc.
Walk before you run: Do not make the classic mistake of aiming too high in the beginning. Chances are you will burn yourself out too soon and lose motivation to continue. Therefore, simply start with getting up and doing a little bit every day.
Make fitness a habit: It is one thing to take on an exercise regime but another to make it second nature. Make a schedule for exercising, and make sure that you push yourself to stick to it.
Find exercises that you enjoy: Do not adopt an exercise just because it seems to be working for someone else. Try different ways to exercise and see what you like. For example, don’t like weightlifting? Try Yoga!
Monitor your progress and pat your back: Set personal fitness goals and reward yourself for achieving them.