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The Mental Benefits Of Regular Exercise

Getting regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to boost your health, enhance your mental clarity, and more. 

But one of the main, yet often-overlooked benefits is that it can also have a huge impact on your mental health as well.

Exercise Can Lessen Depression

Getting regular exercise isn’t just great for your physical fitness – it can also decrease feelings of depression. Physical activity increases endorphin levels – which can produce feelings of happiness and euphoria.

Only 20% of physicians will even think to tell a patient with anxiety to exercise; 100% will prescribe chemical pharmaceuticals that are FDA-approved. To our knowledge, exercise is not FDA-approved for anxiety. That being said, there are reams of research results that support the concept of a health mind-healthy body duo.

For instance, in a group of persons that regularly exercise vs a group of sedentary persons, the exercisers reported 12-23% lower levels of mental health disorders. In addition, when compared to powerful psychoactive drug regimens, exercise has been found to be possibly more effective and at least as effective as these expensive pharmaceuticals.

Studies have shown that it can decrease stress levels as well. Exercise increases your heart rate, which can actually reverse stress-induced brain damage by stimulating the production of hormones like norepinphrine – which improves cognition and mood but also boosts mental clarity.

Exercise also makes your body’s central and sympathetic nervous systems communicate with each other, improving your body’s stress response overall. Exercise also increases your levels of endorphins and endocannabinoids; both groups of molecules reduce pain and perception of pain. 

Regular exercise can lower reactions to stress; this will reduce the noxious effects of too much cortisol on the brain.

Increased Confidence

As you get healthier and stronger, you’ll start being able to hit goals in your exercise routine. If you run, set goals to increase your distance or improve your pace. If you lift weights, increase the amount you lift. If you do aerobic exercise, like swimming or cycling, increase your distance and time.

As you reach these goals, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and feel more capable and confident in yourself. 

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Exercise Improves Your Sleep

If you have trouble getting a good night’s rest, exercise can help you with that as well. Exercise increases your body temperature, which can have a calming effect on your mind.

It can help you regulate your circadian rhythms so that you get tired during the “right” time of day.

However, exercise can also increase your energy – so it’s important to not exercise too close to bedtime. If you can, it’s best to exercise first thing in the morning, as it’ll naturally help you wake up.

This also helps boost your mood. Exercise increases levels of important neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of ‘well-being’ and ‘happiness’.

Some studies have indicated that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells (a process known as neurogenesis) which helps improve overall brain performance and prevents deterioration. Exercise is known to increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor.

Our CBD Softgels are a great option for both post-workout recovery and provide an added anti-anxiety boost. CBD engages your body’s endocannabinoid system to soothe anxiety and reduce inflammation – so you can recover more quickly from exercise and not lose momentum in your new exercise regimen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

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