Benefits of Exercise to Reduce Anxiety and Depression

Benefits of Exercise to Reduce Anxiety and Depression


More than 77% people experience symptoms of physical illness because of stress. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 7/10 people report experiencing stress because of daily life hassles. Work life pressure, financial worries, health problems, relationship issues, poor diet & nutrition, information overload and sleep deprivation are the top reasons and consequences of enduring stress.

A study from American Psychological Association suggests that work, money, and family responsibilities are the top 3 stress triggers.

These statistics are true. We all experience some level of stress each day. Whether the issue is about school work, a community project, a job issue, or relationship; the problem persists. Sadly, our society is so wired to promote being workaholic that we do not actively seek ways to reduce stress. We take action when we see severe physical issues and then we believe anti-depressants are the cure to our problem.

Health professionals recommend a different solution.

Focus on Natural Anti-Depressants

Anti-depressants are useful because they balance the neurotransmitters in your brain. When the chemicals are balanced, your brain releases “happy mood chemicals” often known as endorphins. These endorphins relax your body, increase your appetite, and improve your sleep. As a result, you feel better, and you perform better.

However, anti-depressants come with their side-effects. Relying on them for consistent emotional support is a not a good idea primarily when you can use natural solutions to your advantage.

To manage their stress, people use exercise, sleep, movies, food, and music. While these are all great options, exercise is the best way to eliminate stress from your life.

Exercise, meditation, and deep breathing produce endorphins that will improve your mood and job performance. Walking, running, yoga, and any form of aerobic exercise can achieve that purpose.

Benefits of Daily Exercise – For Your Life and Business

Effect of Stress on Mental Performance:

Financial commitments, an unwanted house or unexpected life changing events are just a few examples of stress creating situations in the modern world. Stress can deprive you of your energy. It can deplete your concentration ability and focus. Anyone who is unable to concentrate and feels exhausted will understand this factor. Exercise is especially helpful when you are dealing with mild-to-moderate stress that is affecting your brain power.

Exercise improves the cognitive functions making you more alert and active. Your concentration improves. Your problem-solving ability improves. You can sleep better.

Exercise is a Natural Pain-Killer

Your joints can move. The muscles can stretch themselves to their full capacity. Finally, after the workout, your body can get the movement it was seeking. Studies have found that exercise is helpful with muscles & joint pain because of two reasons.

First, exercise improves your immune system, and your body learns to stretch itself. Second, the endorphins are natural pain-killers and help you overcome moderately painful sensations.

Exercise is Not Another “To-Do” Item

We all know that exercise is good for our body. Reading about the statistics only make us guilty and we try to make exercise a priority. The problem is that when the workout enters our “to-do-list,” it becomes another burden. The entire point of exercising is to release tension. We are not here to tackle another responsibility that can add to our stress level.

To enjoy the benefits of exercise, you do not have to hit the gym every day. 5 minutes of any aerobic exercise can help you reduce stress.

Create Systems that Encourage You to Exercise

Long lasting results come from habits. We cannot rely on motivation and willpower. Humans tend to do everything with effort, but often there is no benefit in suffering. Consider developing a system that motivates you to exercise on a daily basis.

For example, it is easy to skip the morning exercise if it will take you 20 minutes to get ready and you will feel cold getting up. You can manage this process by preparing your clothes and breakfast at night and turn on the heater immediately as soon as the alarm goes on.

As an alternative, consider developing a support system. Meet other people who want to exercise but are struggling because there is no one to make them accountable.

Once the system is there, you can have fun with your exercise routine, and it will eventually improve your mood, concentration, and general wellbeing.

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