We all are consistently reminded of the physical benefits we will receive from regularly exercising however, many of us will not acknowledge the benefits it has on our mental health
- It enhances one’s concentration levels. It includes sharper thinking, learning and it enables an individual to have a better judgement. Recent studies have provided evidence that aerobic activities such as running, swimming etc is especially helpful, as you’re engaging in more demanding and longer workouts.
- It improves one’s sleep habits. When an individual exercises regularly (especially if it’s for longer periods of time) it can help reduce the impact of negative thoughts and helps manage stress levels during difficult times leaving us with a much more peaceful mind as we go to bed. This is because exercise helps stimulate the production of endorphins, this is a hormone which is produced by the nervous system that provide us pleasure. This makes us feel more relaxed and cheerful after doing sport or exercising as well as burning a lot of energy, allowing us to go into a deeper sleep much more quickly.
- Reduces the chances of developing mental health disorders such as depression. The endorphins stimulated by our body during exercise are natural mood lifter that help prevent stress and depression from taking over our body and keeps them at bay. It allows us to have more control over our emotions and helps us focus on the positive factors in our life. Sport helps children stay away from drugs which can help with reducing the chances of depression.
- Helps confidence and develops many key characterises which help children throughout life. It helps develop leadership traits especially within team sports such as football. It helps build communication and team-work skills as you’re faced with many challenges that require to work as a team. It can help a child become a more of an extrovert, making it easier for them to socialise especially when faced with new environments such as when they have to move schools or club.
- Helps maintain a healthy weight. It has been said that most people should aim to exercise multiple times a week for anywhere between 30mins-1hour a week (this is dependant on goals, how active your job is and others). It leaves you feeling satisfied and happy when you manage to get the results you wanted and helps you feel better about yourself overall, reducing the chances of negative thoughts.