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Can Exercise Improve Your Mental Health?

Updated: Jun 13

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We all know that regular exercise is an important component of good physical health. But did you know that it can also significantly enhance your mental health? Research has shown that those who exercise regularly have better mental and emotional well-being, as well as lower rates of mental illness. Here are some key mental health benefits of incorporating exercise into your routine:

1. Reduced Stress Levels

Regular workouts are highly effective in reducing stress. Exercise stimulates the production of endorphins in the brain, mood elevating hormones which are responsible for the 'runner's high'. Long term, exercise also reduces the body's levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.

2. Enhanced Sleep

Consistent workouts can significantly improve your sleep, and a good night's rest is not only beneficial for your physical health but can have a profound impact on your mental well-being. Exercise helps to regulate your sleep patterns, helping you fall asleep and stay asleep. Recent research found that those with higher levels of regular exercise report less troubled sleep, reduced tiredness, and better sleep quality.

3. Increased Self-Esteem

Pursuing and achieving meaningful goals is important for keeping yourself energised and motivated. Fitness goals can be a great thing to pursue, and reaching them can be a big boost to your self-esteem. Working with a personal trainer to provide personalised guidance can be a big help here, and here at Xpress Personal Training we're always happy to help.

4. Social Connection

Connecting to others socially can help you feel validated and give you a place you feel you belong, both of which can be big benefits to mental health. Exercise routines can be a great place to find social connection, whether through a sporting club or a regular gym. Here at Xpress, we pride ourselves on fostering a welcoming and supportive community that provides lots of opportunity for making new connections.

5. Improved Resilience

Try as we might to avoid them, life is always going to throw challenges our way. There's some evidence that regular exercisers are better able to cope with stressful events. Building this resilience through your training can help you cope better with life's challenges.

6. Reduced Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Regular physical activity has also been shown to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms, both in those with diagnosed mental health issues and in the general population. A recent review study recommend that exercise be a mainstay in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and other forms of psychological distress.

Here at Xpress Personal Training, we're passionate about helping you pursue your fitness goals and improve your health—including your mental health. As we've seen, regular exercise offers a multitude of mental health benefits, and incorporating personal training sessions into your routine can be a great way of increasing motivation and improving consistency. If you're looking to jumpstart your fitness journey and see these benefits for yourself, get in touch with our friendly trainers today!

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