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5 Mental Health Benefits of Regular Exercise

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This video shows my interview with Seb Sutherland, personal trainer, who talks about the importance of physical fitness.

In addition to being beneficial for your general health and aiding weight loss, regular exercise also has amazing benefits for your mental health. These benefits are not always obvious at first. But with regular exercise you will notice an improvement in your day to day mood. Here’s why.

1.     Exercising helps to increase relaxation

After even a moderate exercise session during the day your body is more likely to get to sleep more easily. Some people find exercise as effective as a sleeping pill and a great way to combat insomnia. With exercise you can reset your internal clock to be tired when bedtime comes around and we all know how important a good night’s sleep is for our mental health and wellbeing.

2.     Exercising releases happy hormones

When you’re exercising for at least 20 minutes, your body starts to release endorphins, the so-called happy hormones. These hormones will increase your overall feeling of wellbeing and improve your mood significantly.  Studies have shown that exercise can even alleviate clinical depression. So make sure you make time for exercise a few times a week to improve your physical as well as your mental health.

3.     Exercise reduces stress

After a long day at work or a stressful time with your family why not take yourself off to the gym or for a run. Exercising is a great way to deal with stress, as your body is using up stress hormones that have built up during your difficult day. The build-up of these stress hormones is what causes problems in the long term and working them off will ease the built-up tension.

4.     Exercise can help with controlling addictions

Yet another chemical that plays a part in exercising is dopamine. This chemical is responsive for addictions as it is released when we feel pleasure. Some people are addicted to these “highs” and seek it through drugs or other addictive behaviour. Exercise can also be used to distract addicts from their addictive substances and it helps reset your sleeping rhythms that might be otherwise upset due to drug or alcohol abuse.

5.     Exercise improves your mental capacity

Exercise not only helps us feel better, it also makes our brains work better at an intellectual level. Memory is sharpened, decision making improved and learning happens more easily. The brain of a prson who exercises regularly simply works at a higher level and for longer. This extends as far as slowing cognitive decline in older people.

As you can see, exercise is not just a nice to have – it is essential for your mental wellbeing so make sure you take the time to do it regularly. Even if this means just a few minutes at a time, if your schedule is really busy. The benefits are worth the effort.

To get in touch with Seb, you can visit his website http://www.sebfitness.co.uk or contact him on social media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Strength.Energy.Balance/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SEBFITNESSNOTTS

If you would like help to find time and motivation for regular exercise and discover how hypnotherapy can help with the process, why not get in touch with me, Samantha Culshaw-Robinson. I’m a clinical hypnotherapist and I have been helping people lose weight since 1988. For a full range of programmes please visit my Weight Loss page.

If you would like to get started, why not download my 3 Minute Breathing Space audio by emailing me at sam@livewellpractice.co.uk .

If you would like to book in for a session, please fill in your contact details on my consultation page.

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