Its 5.45am on a cold wet Monday morning. I see Ladies walking into sessions looking tired and sometimes down about things that have happened either at home or at work, but I know that when each and every one of them leaves an hour later, I get a pink, sweaty, smiley face saying thanks and goodbye!
It has long been known that regular exercise is good for our physical health. It can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke.
But in recent years, studies have shown that regular physical activity also has benefits for our mental health. Exercise can help people with depression and can even ward off the onset of depression in the first place.
You’ve probably heard about endorphins, chemicals that release a positive feeling in your body when you exercise. That euphoric post-workout feeling is those endorphins coursing through your body, working just like a drug.
Whatever a person’s current physical or mental state, exercise delivers a raft of positive effects. It’s not a cure-all that can eradicate serious health issues, but the benefits it can deliver are nevertheless impressive.
Regular exercise has been proven to:
- Reduce stress
- Ward off anxiety
- Alleviate depression
- Boost self-esteem
- Improve sleep
- Strengthen your heart
- Increase energy levels
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve muscle tone and strength
- Strengthen and build bones
- Reduce body fat
Don’t just take my word for it, get a shot of adrenaline and exercise yourself happy!
Have a great day 🙂