How can fitness exercise impact your mental well-being?


Posted on: 28 July 2015 by Andrew Newitt

Anything that’s good for your heart is good for your brain, too. During years of exercising, I realized myself what I was told many times before – exercising helps me stay in top form, but it also helps me in maintaining a psychological balance and alleviates stress better than anything else.

 „Christin Anderson, MS, wellness and fitness coordinator of the University of San Francisco, explains that exercise affects many sites within the nervous system and sets off pleasure chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine that make us feel calm, happy, and euphoric.“ (

Exercising helps in dealing with stressful feelings on a daily basis, but that also helps in building your mental toughness and stamina. Getting healthy habits and maintaining consistency (even in practicing a 20-minute daily exercise) helped me get mentally stronger and more self-confident. Thereunto, while being trained and mentored by a prime personal trainer Dubai has to offer, I managed to figure out through conversation and experience in which ways fitness exercise can improve one’s mind.

The first and, in my opinion, the most important thing is sleep improvement. You cannot function properly, both physically and mentally, if you don't afford yourself enough sleep. Even short, but regular morning and afternoon exercise can greatly improve the quality of your sleep. I like to practice yoga before bed and sleep better after a few relaxing and stretching yoga positions.

Exercising also adds up to your acuity. Just think about it - how sharp do you feel after a daily exercising routine? Physical practice equates to growth of new brain cells, but also triggers the release of endorphins that make you feel better and improve your concentration and sharpness, at the same time.

It kills bad mood and depression. Again I must mention the endorphin release which happens during exercise. Endorphins are for stress and anxiety what white blood cells are for viruses. They are chemicals that fight, destroy and alleviate the psychological pain and trouble. Their release through exercise leads to feelings of euphoria, thus making your workout good for treating mild depression (instead of taking medication).

Common problems that we all experience in life – family troubles, problems at work, tumultuous relationships and such, bring tension and anxiety in our lives. I’m not saying that all of your troubles will disappear after, let’s say, a two hour exercise, but I’m 100% positively sure that it will reduce the tension. When you get caught into a vortex of bad thoughts, it is important to know how to get out. Exercise provides you some time to spend alone and distract your thoughts off all the bad things and get out of the whirlpool of anxiety.

All of this contributes to pumping your mental toughness, your grit. I know that everyday exercise wins and goal achievements increase and preserve my self-esteem and cultivate the feeling of self-worth. I always felt stronger and more courageous to face my life challenges, instead of running away from them.

Regular exercise contributes to our mental well-being and mental toughness. Even if you are not pumping iron and getting tones of muscle, it doesn’t matter, because fitness exercise does make us feel as being healthy and sharp mental giants, and nothing can replace that.

 Exercise is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle size. Sure, exercise can improve your physical health and your physique, trim your waistline, improve your sex life, and even add years to your life. But that’s not what motivates most people to stay active. People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well–being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives. And it doesn’t take hours of pumping weights in a gym or running mile after mile to achieve those results. There are many different ways to be active—and they don’t need to cost a lot of money.

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Bill Shiphr posted 27 March 2020

It is very exciting when you are sixty and you have nice and pure thoughts. It is wonderful if you can live somewhere in the mountains or near the sea to be very calm without any nervous situations, but it is the ideal variant. Of course, fitness is an exciting way to keep your body in a good form and your mind too. It is also good to have pets at home because they can help with different mental troubles. By the way, do anybody knows is cbd oil for cats nice? I want to try it because my cat is very nervous now.


Alice Jo posted 07 September 2020

I love singing and dancing around.  I dabble with the piano - used to learn in school, now it's just something i do. Zumba and Yoga are some hobbies.  I had to learn that not everything needs to be an occupation. what muscles does cycling work? .. sometimes you can do things because they bring you joy and fit your mental health.


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