Guest columnist Erin Troy is the YMCA of Greater Cleveland’s West Shore Family YMCA branch Wellness Director and Association Personal Training Specialist.
Exercise is often thought of as a way to improve physical health, but it can also have a significant impact on mental wellbeing.
There are a few ways that exercise can help improve mental health. One way is that it can help to reduce stress. When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects.
Exercise can also help to improve sleep, which can also improve mental health. Additionally, exercise can help to distract us from negative thoughts and feelings. And it can give us a sense of accomplishment, which can boost self-esteem.
What are the specific mental health benefits of exercise?
The mental health benefits of exercise are many and varied. Some of the specific benefits include:
• Reduced stress and anxiety. Exercise can help to calm the mind and body, and it can also help to improve sleep.
• Improved mood. Exercise can help to improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression. It can also help to boost self-esteem and improve cognitive function.
• Increased self-esteem. Exercise can help you feel better about yourself and your body. It can also help you to feel more confident and capable.
• Improved cognitive function. Exercise can help to improve memory, thinking and learning skills. It can also help to reduce the risk of dementia.
• Increased energy levels. Exercise can help you feel more energized and have more stamina.
• Reduced risk of chronic diseases. Exercise can help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.
How much exercise is needed to improve mental health?
The amount of exercise needed to improve