We all can simultaneously agree on the fact that our mind’s health has got quite a conscious effect on our body’s health, and similarly vice-versa.
So. If we want to keep our mind healthy, we have to keep our body to its top most form. And what is the way of keeping our body in top shape?
Yes, that’s right! EXERCISE.
Consistently done physical exercise on a daily basis has magical effects, not just on the body but the mind as well. Here is how it works:
Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our well being. Even a short burst of 10 minutes of brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety. It also plays a role in preventing the development of mental health problems and in improving the quality of life of people experiencing mental health problems.
During stress, our body gets a rush of stress hormones-otherwise known as fight or flight hormone. It is these hormones, adrenaline and noradrenaline, which raise our blood pressure, increase our heart rate and increase the rate at which we perspire, preparing our body for an emergency response. Physical exercise can be very effective in relieving stress. Research on employed adults has found that highly active individuals tend to have lower stress rates compared to individuals who are less active.
Exercise not only has a positive impact on our physical health, but it can also increase our self-esteem. Self esteem is how we feel about ourselves and how we perceive our self-worth. It is a key indicator of our mental well being and our ability to cope with life stressors. Physical activity has been shown to have a positive influence on our self-esteem and self-worth.
Physical activity has been shown to have a positive impact on our mood. A study asked people to rate their mood immediately after periods of physical activity and periods of inactivity, researchers found that the participants felt more content, more awake and calmer after being physically active compared to after periods of inactivity. They also found that the effect of physical activity on mood was greatest when mood was initially low.
Exercise can be an alternate treatment of depression and anxiety as well. It can be used as a standalone treatment or in combination with medication and/or psychological therapy. It can also reduce levels of anxiety in people with mild symptoms and may also be helpful for treating clinical anxiety.
Physical activity is available to all, has few costs attached, and is an empowering approach that can support self-management.
So, everyone out there, it’s never too late. START EXERCISING!
A healthy mind in fact resides in a healthy body.