The Case for Exercise: How it Improves Your Mood

There’s no question that exercise can change your mood in a positive way.

But sitting at a desk, in your car/on public transportation, and all the typing...well, you are likely well-acquainted with the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

Exercise is a great way to help manage your anxiety and depression symptoms, and is highly advocated for by our expert therapists.

We hear things all the time about how exercise improves our outlook on life.

But just how does exercise boost your mood? Here are some of the ways:

During Exercise, Your Body Releases Feel-Good Chemicals.

Looking for instant gratification when exercising? Most would tell you, “good luck with that.” The good news is that there is the opportunity for some instant relief, though.

No, you won’t drop several inches off your waist today. But there’s something you can enjoy today that will make you feel better.

Your brain releases chemicals when you exercise that boost your mood. Adrenaline, dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are released during exercise. Combine all of these, and you won’t have to wait weeks or months to benefit from exercise.

You can boost your mood right now!

Long-Term Mood Benefits of Exercise:

Not all benefits of exercise happen instantly. Some take a little while but if you keep at it, you’ll enjoy some pretty decent perks.

Lacking the opportunity or initiative to “move” can make our bodies flabby and sick. We tend to focus on what we can see (our physical bodies) when our health declines.

Arguably, there’s something worse than that going on, though. Our minds become flabby and sick right along with the rest of our bodies.

And if your mind is sick, everything is sick.

Negativity creeps in. So does brain fog. Depression knocks at your door. Anger erupts. Not a pretty picture, huh?

Before you get down on yourself about your mental state spinning out of control lately, ask yourself how much you’ve been exercising. If the answer is not much, you can get active and enjoy a much happier, fulfilled mental state in the process.

A long-term way that exercise improves your mood is simply that your body works like it’s supposed to.

Your body wasn’t meant to sit around all day. It operates best when it’s active.

You’ll find everything in life more enjoyable when you consistently exercise.

Here are some of the specifics you can expect:

  • An improved fit in your clothes (meaning you’re not uncomfortable all day).

  • You’ll feel better about your appearance instead of feeling ashamed, embarrassed or self-conscious.

  • Basic daily activities such as taking out the trash, tying your shoes, gardening, lifting boxes or doing yard work are much easier and enjoyable, with less physical pain.

  • Your sex life will improve. With consistent aerobic exercise comes more stamina, energy, and vitality.

  • You’ll be able to fulfill your desire for adventure. Ten-mile hike? No problem. Want to canoe down a river or run a marathon? All of these things are possible as you work towards a healthier you.

Increased Positivity through Exercise

Add up the short-term and long-term benefits shared here and it’s no surprise that exercise can drastically improve your mood.

Because you feel so much healthier and better about yourself, you’ll find it easier to stay positive.

And that creates health momentum instead of sickness momentum. You are happier and life feels more worth living the further down the exercise trail you go.

Let our expert therapists help you stay on track with your goals, and help you reduce the symptoms in your life that you are wanting to change. We can do it together!

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