Exercise can be an invaluable way of relieving stress and anxiety, with studies indicating it increases endorphin levels, improves sleep and can even lessen symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety.
Exercise has immediate and cumulative benefits that only get stronger over time, making it essential to establish an exercise routine you can stick with.
1. Increased Endorphin Levels
Exercise regularly, endorphin levels in your brain will rise naturally – they act like natural painkillers and mood elevators, often giving runners that “runner’s high.” As well as having numerous other positive impacts on overall well-being.
Enhancing endorphin levels in the brain can help you better cope with stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality and boost self-esteem.
Exercise regularly can also help increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, two key brain chemicals responsible for feelings of happiness and well-being, which have also been shown to boost concentration and focus.
Beginning an exercise routine can be challenging. But starting slowly and increasing time gradually is an effective way to reap its benefits without adding stress.
2. Improved Sleep
Exercise has been proven to increase both the quality and duration of sleep. Furthermore, research shows that it may even help people fall asleep faster. Furthermore, exercise makes waking up during the night simpler so people wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.
Find something enjoyable that you can commit to regularly – be it running, swimming, weight training or brisk walking – that will benefit both you and your sleep quality. Exercise can have profound results on how well you rest each night.
However, it can take some time for you to fully notice the positive impacts of regular exercise on your sleeping patterns. The more vigorously you exercise, the faster you’ll see these benefits manifest themselves.
3. Reduced Anxiety
Regular physical activity helps relieve anxiety and stress by balancing hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Furthermore, it improves sleep quality which in turn decreases feelings of tension and anxiety.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) recommends that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week – the equivalent of five or six sessions of walking, jogging, swimming, dancing or other aerobic exercises – whether that’s walking, jogging, swimming, dancing or other aerobic activities.
Exercise can not only alleviate anxiety and stress levels, but it can also improve a person’s mood and self-esteem. Experts attribute this effect to how physical activity strengthens resilience – meaning people become better prepared for difficult circumstances by increasing resilience through regular physical activity.
Selecting an exercise method that works for you can play an essential role in relieving your stress and anxiety. Some may prefer team sports over individual or small-group workouts.
4. Increased Self-Esteem
Exercise can help those experiencing low self-esteem to increase their confidence and boost their sense of well being. Regular physical activity increases fitness, strength and appearance – all which will boost one’s own sense of worthiness and thus their own sense of confidence.
Physical activity not only helps improve your body image but can also relieve anxiety and stress by producing endorphins – chemicals known to relieve pain while simultaneously increasing feelings of well-being.
Lower levels of anxiety and stress will enhance your overall sense of self-worth, with you feeling less worried about your health, making it more likely that you’ll adhere to an exercise program regularly.
Studies have demonstrated the powerful impact exercise can have on boosting one’s self-esteem in those suffering from low levels. Exercise provides you with an opportunity to set a positive goal that can build up both confidence and self-esteem.