Regular workouts can increase your mood and energy levels
Have you been feeling tired and sleepy, or simply don’t have the energy to do what you need to? Instead of that extra cup of coffee in the morning or another ’10 minute’ sleep, rather head to the gym or go for a run around your neighbourhood. Exercise has the benefit of boosting your fitness and your mood, both of which contribute to your overall health and general well-being.
So how exactly does exercise help with our health and well-being?
- Increases our endorphin levels.
This is our bodies natural hormone which is released when we are doing something that requires a burst of energy. Endorphins are the things that make us perform, they make us move – and exercise tends to increase these. The endorphins give us a sense of euphoria which has also been termed ‘runners high’.
- Healthier heart
Exercise boosts our cardiovascular health which gives us greater endurance throughout the day. When it’s easier to do our daily activities, we have energy left over and don’t feel so tired once work is done. You can lower your cholesterol and blood pressure by doing around 40 minutes of moderate cardiovascular work 3 – 4 times a week.
- Improve sleep
Exercise helps us get a better night’s rest, and good quality sleep makes us feel more refreshed the next day.
- Better focus
From the mental side of things, we feel much more energized and ready to take on the world because a good workout gives us the endorphins to boost our physical energy level.
The psychological and mental health benefits of exercise.
Research has consistently shown that regular exercise is associated with a lower incidence of depression. While physical activity itself provides a beneficial effect, the social aspect might also play a role in boosting one’s mood. Heading down to the park, the gym, or taking part in a group workout class gets you out the house and into a place where you’re interacting with others, which can ease isolation. Preventing loneliness and isolation in these times we are faced with is going to greatly help our mental well-being.