Can exercise improve my mental health?

The physical benefits of exercise are obvious.

  • Improved cardiovascular endurance
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Improved sleep
  • Longevity
  • And more

But what about mental health?

Many of us are struggling with our mental health right now. We may be clinically depressed, anxious, or dealing with other mental health issues. Or we may be struggling with depression and anxiety that we’ve never experienced before.

Our current circumstances can feel isolating, debilitating, lonely… but exercise can actually help.

Exercise improves your mental health too!

This article in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry explains that exercise is proven to

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce depression
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve self-esteem and cognitive function
  • Relieve stress
  • Reduce tiredness and therefore increase mental alertness

Heading to the gym can also give you a safe but very important outlet and place to go. You can safely be around other people and have a physical and social outlet to get you out of isolation.

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