How can your home workouts help improve your mental health?
- STRESS – Working out is great at helping reduce stress levels. The increase in heart rate can actually reverse stress by stimulating the production of neurohormones which help improve attention and mood. Working out also helps improve the body’s overall ability to respond to stress through forcing the body’s central and sympathetic system to communicate with one another.
2. Sleep – If you struggle with getting a good night’s sleep then working out can help with that. When you work out the body’s temperature rises which can have a calming effect on your mind which can make it easier for you to fall asleep at night. Although improved sleep is one benefit of working out, experts recommend not exercising too close to getting into bed.
3. ANXIETY & DEPRESSION – Regular workouts help ease anxiety and depression by releasing feel-good endorphins which are natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well being. It will also help take your mind off any worries you may have, breaking you away from any negative thoughts that are feeding your anxiety and depression. Some doctors even recommend trying workout regimes before turning to medication.
SELF CONFIDENCE & SELF ESTEEM – Finally, working out can help improve your self confidence and self esteem, as after working out you always feel in a better physical shape, this leads to feeling overall better mentally. You also gain a sense of accomplishment after a workout even more so when you set yourself goals and are able to achieve them. This then gives you more emotional stamina to take on your personal goals away from the gym.
Working out can also help improve self esteem issues that are tied to body perception. Regular workout routines help build confidence by improving our body image. Whilst exercising you will be toning your body and building up your strength, the results of this help massively improve your self-esteem by feeling better about the way you look.
Lastly, exercise is known to make you smarter. When you workout you will be feeding your brain with valuable nutrients and oxygen that improve your thinking. After exercising you will then feel more focused and alert making it easier to complete your daily tasks more efficiently, helping boost your self-esteem.
Whether you’re taking on your own home workouts or getting stuck in to the gym, KEEP IT GOING! 💪