I am on the Worksite Wellness committee at my work and am the wellness chair for our division. Every month we have meetings where we learn about new information as it relates to wellness and how we can incorporate more of that into our work place. I wanted to share some information that I picked up from a couple of articles relating to the positive effects that physical activity has on our mental health. The first study was done by Princeton University and another article done by Human Kinetics.
I know we are constantly told that exercising and being active is ‘good for you’ but what does that really mean? Maybe some of these will help you to back that statement up and justify why you need to get moving!
- Physical activity reorganizes the brain so that when you are put under stress and anxiety you are more likely to be able to handle this well and retain normal brain function. Physical activity is a stressor on the body. By doing more physical activity you build up a tolerance to stress and this allows you to handle stressful situations that your brain encounters.
- Physical activity can also increase your tolerance for fatigue and increase your energy levels. Again, this goes back to building your tolerance. If you have regular exercise in your routine you are using up energy but overtime your body realizes that you require more energy to get through each day.
- When physical activity is a part of a routine, self-confidence and self-esteem are shown to get a boost! Your body releases endorphins when you exercise and these endorphins have a sort of ‘blocker’ to negative thoughts. This leads to more positive energy and thoughts in the brain overall, but particularly about one’s self.
I hope these tips inspire you to get moving to have not only positive effects on your physical health but for your mental wellbeing as well! Leave other suggestions in the comments for how physical activity helps with your mental wellbeing!