Like many doctors have said, “If exercise could be purchased in a pill, it would be the single most prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.” Turns out, exercise not only improves physical conditions and fights diseases, but it also has been linked to improved mental health and reduced stress.
Studies have shown that exercise:
Your body releases chemicals called endorphins when you perform physical activity. These endorphins interact with receptors in your brain that reduce the perception of pain as well as triggering a positive feeling in your body, also known as happiness.
Most of our stress related problems come from a lack of sleep or feeling tired towards the end of our day. Research shows that exercise improves alertness as well as enhances our overall cognitive function. This is helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.
Aerobic exercise specifically has been found to be one of the best remedies for battling insomnia. Regular aerobic exercise will improve a person’s quality of sleep, vitality, and mood.
So whenever you are feeling stressed out or down on yourself, just get up, get out, and do some exercise that you enjoy! The only bad exercise is the one that didn’t happen!