We all know that exercise is good for us physically. It helps tone and strengthen our muscles, lose or maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure, increase cardiovascular health, and more. However, exercise is great for your mental and emotional health, too. In fact, exercise can be addictive due to the feel-good chemicals released in your brain. Exercise makes you feel so good about yourself, you want to keep doing it, and that’s a good thing. At Urban Vybe we are all about feeling good, mentally, physically, and emotionally and that’s why today we are discussing the mental and emotional benefits of exercise.

Exercise and Mental Health

Exercise is a great way to improve your mental health, mood, and overall well-being. It provides many mental and emotional benefits. Exercise helps:

  • Reduce depression and anxiety
  • Decrease symptoms of ADHD
  • Relieve stress
  • Improve memory
  • You sleep better
  • Boost your mood
  • Increase self-confidence

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Depression: According to research studies, exercise can treat mild depression to moderate depression just as effectively as antidepressants and a consistent schedule of exercise can prevent relapses.

Anxiety: Exercise is known to relieve stress and tension. It also releases endorphins which give you an overall feeling of well-being.

ADHD: Within the first few minutes of exercise, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels increase.  As a result, your attention, focus, concentration, memory, mood, and motivation all increase, as well. The ADHD medications Ritalin and Adderall work much the same way.

Memory: The release of endorphins in your brain not only makes you feel better, but they also increase concentration and make you feel sharper mentally. And if that is not enough of a benefit, consider this: exercise stimulates the growth of new brain cells and, as a result, helps reduce age-related decline.

About Urban Vybe of Flower Mound, TX

Come live, love, and have some fun while nurturing your mind, body, and soul at Urban Vybe. We offer a variety of yoga classes, HIIT, Group Training, nutrition, meditation, and more. Sign up for our newsletter here.