The relationship between mental and physical fitness is a massive one. Many people know that exercise is good for the mind and body, but we want to tell you exactly why keeping fit can help your well-being.
Your Mind and Body Are Connected
It is common to think of your mental and physical health as two separate things that work independently but what you do with your body has a very powerful effect on your mental well-being. Exercising promotes the following changes in the brain:
- Neural growth: exercise strengthens and grows the nerves in your brain
- Reduced inflammation
- New activity patterns
- Releases endorphins
Reduced Anxiety and Depression
The release of endorphins means happier moods and less anxiety. This, in turn, means that you can sleep much easier and feel more energised throughout the day. Studies have found that exercising at least 3 times a week reduces the risk of depression by nearly 20%! It has also been found that exercise can be as effective as antidepressant medication for adults.
Exercising gives you a sense of self achievement, a better self-esteem and setting yourself goals and completing them will make you feel proud of yourself. You will also pick up new skills like the ability to rise to a challenge and a better self-discipline through regular exercise. Physically fitness and mental fitness go hand in hand.
Fills Your Time
As a student you have loads of free time. Especially compared to when you are working full time which means that exercising is the perfect way to fill your time. You can make exercise fun – find a sport that you enjoy, work out with friends, try to fit exercise into your daily life and try to make it a habit. Fitting socialising and exercise in together is really rewarding as getting involved with others is also good for your well-being. You can find fitness classes around your area either on Facebook or the NHS has a system.
Not only will exercising considerably increase your mental wellbeing, but your body will benefit too. Exercise helps to relax muscles, relieves tensions in the body and increases your metabolism.
Regular exercise is fantastic! But don’t try to do it all at once. You’ll end up setting unrealistic goals and being disappointment in the long run. Doing something is better than doing nothing so plan your workouts and find out for yourself how good exercise can make you feel!