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People who work out have better mental health

People who work out have better mental health

The gains to be made by regular workout sessions go further than just physical improvements. Exercise is incredibly important for well being, keeping mental health conditions at bay.

Endorphins are released during exercise and the heart pumps faster, oxygenating muscles and organs. The effect is an instant mood lift. Physical activity also improves sleep quality, boosting energy levels and mood the following day. Research has shown that working out can even make you live longer.

Finding time to do regular exercise every week, even for 15 minutes, increases self-esteem, reduces anxiety and stress and helps to prevent the development of mental health problems such as depression.

In a time when we are all far more isolated, desk-bound and lacking in face-to-face interaction, getting out and making connections as well as moving our bodies is even more important. Getting out in the fresh air, joining a group of likeminded people, and seeing physical results can all have a positive impact on the mind.

Researchers have shown that mental health is significantly improved in those who undertake regular physical activity, resulting in better mood states and increased functional capacity.

Three or more sessions every week of aerobic exercise or resistance training, up to 45 to 60 minutes per session, can even beat the blues of chronic depression. After around four weeks, the effects really start to kick in and can be maintained long-term.

For the effects to continue, training needs to be ongoing, showing that those who work out really do have better mental health.

 

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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

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