Benefits of Exercise for Mental Health

Exercise has many benefits! Not only physical but it’s great for your mental health as well. Exercise stimulates chemicals that can improve your mood and the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory and learning. Endorphins and serotonin are the chemicals that are released during exercise that improve your mood.

During this time of COVID-19 with restrictions and lockdowns, exercising outdoors is one of the few things you can still do. (Check with your local council for more specifics around outdoors exercise under current restrictions) Being cooped up at home can make you experience loneliness and isolation. Exercising outside can help you get you out into the world and can help reduce those feelings.

Fact: Adults should do at least 30 minutes of moderate to intensive physical activity most days if not all days of the week.

Lacking Motivation

  1. Find a buddy to exercise with. You can motivate each other. Whether it is just a walk around the neighbourhood or joining a gym together. A friend in need, is a friend indeed.
  2. Maybe it’s not motivation you’re lacking but energy after a long day at work. Try a pre-workout. There are many on the market and affects people differently. It can be a bit of a trial-and-error experience to find the one that is best for you. They can give you that quick boost you’re needing at the beginning of your workout or the energy to complete a workout.

Product Recommendation:
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout

  1. Get a goal. Starting something when you don’t have a goal in mine is when you can lose focus and motivation. Write down your goal. A little journal where you to record your thoughts, feelings, and progress will help keep you motivated.
  2. Take a photo. At the start of your exercise journey, you can sometimes forget where you started. Looking back at that photo from the beginning and seeing the changes will help you along. Giving you the strength to go on towards your goal whatever that may be.

 Fun Fact: Listening to music while working out can improve your performance by 15%.