It's time to get out there, stretch your legs and get your blood pumping. You've got pounds you know you want to shed!
Sitting around all day is one of the worst things you can do for yourself. And if you want to be the best version of yourself, you have to take care of your physical health.
Not only does exercise make you feel better physically however, it also makes you feel better mentally.
Well, here are three ways that exercise improves your overall mood and make you better equipped to face life's challenges.
1. Exercise Helps Fight Depression
Whether you are in a funk or have long-term bouts of generalized depression, the simple act of exercising can help to uplift your mood and invigorate your energy.
After as little as five minutes of a routine workout, exercise has been shown to positively tackle the effects of depression. Once blood starts flowing through your body, endorphins (pleasure hormones) are released naturally by the body, leading to more positive and happy emotions.
The best part is that this isn't only short-term enjoyment. Exercise can help to fight depression for the long-term as well, simply by overall improving your mood in your daily life, leading to other positive benefits as well.
2. Exercise Makes You Want to Go Out and Be Active
One of the biggest contributors to depression is isolation and loneliness. Keeping yourself locked up in your house will make your depression WORSE!
Isolation is one of the worst things you can do when you are feeling down and lacking motivation and drive in your life. The lack of fresh air and exposure to sunlight, as well as the healing effects of nature, will truly throw you into a dark slump!
Luckily, by becoming more physically active at home, you will WANT TO go out and do things more and you will find them more enjoyable too, just because you will WANT to keep moving your body and staying fit.
Therefore, get moving, get out of the house and talk to people! You will feel better instantly and won't regret it!
3. You'll Have Higher Self-Esteem
Most people really beat themselves up when they aren't getting being fit and letting themselves go. It's easy to punish yourself and get into a funk.
However, when you exercise, and are exerting yourself, you actually respect yourself more and begin to value yourself for your capabilities.
This is a huge boost of self-esteem that you truly need in your life. Confidence goes a long way, not only for yourself but for others too.
It's a fact that when you look good, you feel good. When you exercise you are certainly aiming to better yourself, physically and mentally.
Exercise will boost your self-esteem, get you out of the house and help to alleviate your depression. Start fighting those lows today just by getting physically active!
Get up and goooo!