Physical Health vs Mental Health
The two are fundamentally linked. Studies have shown that physical health directly impacts your mental health and wellbeing, and what’s better than a healthy body, inside and out? We all know the benefits of a healthy body - increased longevity, improved heart health, better sex life, just to name a few - but what impact does a healthy body have on your mental health?
Tough day at the office? Take it to the gym and pound it out. Exercise increases your body’s concentrations of norepinephrine - a chemical that’s affectionately referred to as the stress hormone because it helps to moderate your brain’s response to stress.
Not feelin’ yourself lately? Get moving! Regular exercise has been shown to effectively improve positive self-image and self-confidence. You’ll be surprised by what your body is capable of when pushed, and knowing that you can knock out a tough workout will make you feel like a million bucks - inside and out.
While it won’t permanently cure anxiety symptoms, exercise has been shown to help alleviate low-grade anxiety symptoms by releasing endorphins - your brain’s natural painkiller. It takes as little as FIVE MINUTES of aerobic activity to start stimulating anti-anxiety effects!
Writer’s block? Take a step back and shake your booty! Sweating it out and elevating your heart rate has been shown to boost your creativity for up to TWO HOURS after your sweat sesh. Exercising gives both your mind and body a chance to reset so you get back at it with a refreshed state of mind.
Forgetting even the most basic things? Grab your runners and hit the pavement! Strenuous activity helps to increase the production of the cells in the hippocampus that are responsible for learning and memory. Not only do those cells have an immediate effect, they also help preserve your cognitive function as you age - so bring on those birthdays!