Exercise has been linked to improving brain function and regardless of your age or fitness level, making time for exercise provides some serious mental benefits.[1] From boosting your mood to improving your mental health, exercise can improve your life. Now is the time to get inspired to exercise by reading up on these unexpected ways exercise can benefit mental health.

Improves Mood
Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your overall appearance when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

Reduces Stress
One of the most common mental benefits of exercise is stress relief. Working out (and working up a good sweat) can actually help to manage physical and mental stress. Exercise also increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress and thus boosting the body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension.

Boosts Brainpower
Cardiovascular exercise leads the creation of new brain cells (aka neurogenesis), improving overall brain performance. Studies suggest that a productive workout increases levels of BDNK- a brain-derived protein in the body that is believed to help with rationale and decision-making, as well as higher thinking and learning abilities.

Improves Memory Capacity
Regular physical activity boosts memory and the ability to learn new things. Working up a sweat increases production of cells in hippocampus responsible for memory and learning. In fact, a study has shown that running sprints improved vocabulary retention among healthy adults.

Relieves Anxiety & Depression
The chemicals that are released during and after exercise can help to alleviate the symptoms caused by anxiety disorders. Active people are known to have lower rates of anxiety and depression than sedentary people. Studies have even shown that exercise can work quickly to elevate a depressed mood. Although the effects may be temporary, they demonstrate that a brisk walk or other forms of exercise can deliver relief of these two mental health diseases.

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[1]Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity