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The benefits of a workout for your mental health

Feeling good after a workout and the benefits

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Would you agree that there is no better feeling than finishing a workout? Exercise has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. When we exercise chemicals are released such as dopamine and endorphins in the brain and this is what causes you to feel happy. There are so many benefits when it comes to exercising such as building and maintaining strong muscles and bones, increasing energy levels, reducing the risk of chronic disease, skin health, mental wellbeing and much more. Relaxation and sleep quality are other benefits of working out and this is a benefit that we really don’t really think much about. Quality sleep benefits things such as our attention and concentration which is very important when studying at university. Therefore, never become hesitant to working out due to deadlines and assignments, because working out may just be that break you need to refocus yourself. Working out isn’t something that we have to do alone, the benefits are the same if you work out alone or with other people. Working out together is a great way of socialising and being with friends as well as benefitting you physically. You don’t need to work out for hours on end in order to achieve results 30 mins of exercise a day can be enough. It has been suggested that 30 minutes of exercise a day can have additional benefits as opposed to longer one-off workouts. This is because after a shorter workout you are more likely to be energised and be physically active throughout the day.

With the continuing efforts to break down the mental health stigma it should be highlighted that working out has mental health benefits as well as its obvious physical benefits. It can help things like depression and anxiety as well as stuff such as ADHD, PTSD and trauma. Exercising is an effective way to look after your mental, physical and social wellbeing.

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As we enter the New Year we find ourselves in a familiar situation to which we spent the majority of 2020. With the uncertainty surrounding the national lockdown and the prolonged time being spent indoors, it is all the more important to look after ourselves – even more so than usual!