The Psychological Benefits of Exercise

Exercising is an essential part of one’s routine, it improves health and builds gorgeous bodies. A beneficial activity that can come in many forms, exercise can be done indoors or outdoors. Indoor exercising includes exercise machines such as the treadmill, stationary bicycles, and concept2 indoor rowing machine. Outdoor exercising includes activities such as running, jogging, climbing, and biking.

Studies reveal exercise can boost the mental functioning of a person in several ways. Some of the psychological benefits of regular exercise include the following:

Help reduce mental stress and tension

Stress relief is one of the most common mental benefits of exercising. The sweating and perspiration that occur during the activity lead to better managing of the mental stress as well as physical health. Exercise can also boost the body in order to deal and handle with the existing mental tensions of the person.

Improves self-confidence and self-worth

Exercising can make a person physically fit. Being fit can help boost one's self-confidence. It can also give a positive self-image and outlook in life. One’s perception of self-worth and attractiveness increases no matter the weight, gender or the age of the person.

Boosts brain power and sharpen memory

Studies show that exercise can improve the overall brain performance by creating new brain cells. Vigorous exercise also shows an increasing level of brain-derived protein in the body. This protein is said to be responsible for decision making and critical thinking. Regular exercise also sharpens the memory through an increase in production of cells responsible for better memory, vocabulary retentions, and cognitive learning.

Enthusiasm to work more

Simple and regular exercises at work such as short walking during breaks can make a big difference. This activity can boost one’s energy and enthusiasm towards work. Moreover, it gives the best working attitude which increases the productivity of a person.

Boosts creativity and imagination

Heart pumping exercises can help boosts a person creativity and imagination for almost 2 hours. Exercises, especially outdoors, can allow close encounter and interaction with nature which serves as good inspiration and insights.

Exercise is an antidepressant

Researchers proved that exercising can release endorphins which are known to create the feelings of happiness. It can also alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Simple workouts a week can instantly serve as an effective anti-depressant pill for people suffering from depression. Also, the overall mood of a person can be enhanced with this simple exercise routine.

Makes you happier

Exercise tends to give a person a happy disposition in life. With these activities, happy chemicals, known as dopamine, are being released into the brain. These chemicals are responsible for the feelings of  happiness and pleasure. The joyful outlook combined with healthy well-being will definitely make a person a lot happier.

Truly, exercise is incredible. One should always find time to perform even the simplest act possible, which will surely provide wellness in a person, physically, emotionally and mentally.

Scott Murphy rowed crew at college in upstate New York and still has the same passion for the sport over 20 years later. He is a regular contributor to, a site offering reviews, workouts, industry news and education about the benefits of rowing and regular exercise.

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