Exercise and ... Stress
Exercise has many health benefits but have you considered the benefits to your mental health?
Being active can help lower your overall stress levels and improve your quality of life, both mentally and physically. Regular exercise can relieve the tension, anxiety, anger, and mild depression that often go hand-in-hand with stress. It can also help you sleep better.
Activity improves your body’s ability to use oxygen and also improves blood flow. Both of these changes have a direct effect on your brain. It also increases your brain’s production of endorphins. Endorphins are the “feel-good” neurotransmitters.
Exercise also helps because the repetitive motions promote a focus on your body, rather than your mind. By concentrating on the rhythm of your movements, you experience many of the same benefits of meditation while working out. Focusing on a single physical task can produce a sense of energy and optimism. This focus can help provide calmness and clarity.