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Psychological benefits of exercise

Exercise Science
Cambridge dictionary defines ‘exercise’ as a ‘physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy’.

However, there is more to exercising than just making our body strong and healthy. Yes, exercising offers tremendous mental or psychological benefits. Helps combat anxiety, depression When we exercise, it boosts our mood, as the endorphin (body’s feel-good chemical) levels go up during physical activity. Even when moderately done for a few times during the week, exercise helps in dealing with anxiety and depression. Helps reduce stress Reduction in stress levels is another mental benefit of exercising. By stimulating the production of norepinephrine kind of neuro-hormones, exercising and the increase in heart rate may decrease stress-induced brain damage. The body becomes efficient in responding to stress. Helps increase self-confidence and self-esteem A lot of physical achievements come with regular exercising – as it improves endurance, helps lose weight, and enhances muscle tone. Net result: a tremendous boost to one’s self-esteem and confidence that spirals over to other parts of personal and work life. Improves sleep Sleep offers tremendous psychological benefits, and lack of sleep is bad for one’s mental health. By exercising, you get better sleep quality by regulating your circadian rhythm. Helps our brain cells Exercising helps in neurogenesis (creation of new brain cells) and strengthening the hippocampus. Simply put, exercising positively affects your brain. It uplifts your mental energy and creativity. So start exercising and stay sharp. Source: https://www.waldenu.edu/online-bachelors-programs/bs-in-psychology/resource/five-mental-benefits-of-exercise https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1470658/#:~:text=Exercise%20improves%20mental%20health%20by,self%2Desteem%20and%20cognitive%20function.&text=Exercise%20has%20also%20been%20found,self%2Desteem%20and%20social%20withdrawal.
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