Image by: Jon Tunnell
By Kurt Garrity
We all know that working out is good for the body. But maybe we didn’t know how good. All that running and all those reps keep us fit, trim and active, sure. But did you know that exercise may actually help to heal the mind as well?
And here you thought it was looking at all of the women in spandex at the gym that was giving you a better outlook on life.
While the jury is still out on the correlation between sweaty, fit women doing their thing at the gym and mental health, there is research that has shown that getting good amounts of exercise does indeed aid in maintaining mental health. In particular, moods are effected, which helps in battling anxiety and depression (which are still major issues for many).
They haven’t exactly found the “smoking gun” quite yet, but all signs point to what makes complete sense from an observational standpoint: Physical activity only makes the body and mind stronger, allowing you to operate as a peak performer – including boosting the performance capabilities of the mind.
Sweat Those Anxieties Away
When you workout, two great things happen to your body chemically. First, endorphins are released, giving you that euphoric feeling which certainly can get your mood going in the right direction. Second, your immune system gets a jump start which can lead to less illness and a general feeling of well-being.
The results you can see and feel from that workout put you in a better frame of mind and give your self-confidence a kick. By belonging to a gym, you are forced to deal with others in a positive place which can lead you down the road to mental clarity and better able to deal with others socially.
Basically, it all adds up to one thing: working out makes sense for the body and mind.