Benefits of Exercise to Reduce Anxiety, Depression & Stress

Stress – there’s a lot of it about and we all know how damaging it can be to our health. So, how do we manage stress? Well, there are many techniques you can implement in your life that will help you to better handle stress, such as:

  • sleep well
  • move daily
  • get out into nature
  • nurture your relationships
  • exercise
  • meditation
  • time out for you

Regular exercise can bring remarkable changes – not just to our body, our metabolism and our heart, but also to our spirit. Aerobic exercise is the key for our head, just as it is for our heart. It is a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress. Endurance athletes commonly experience the restorative power of exercise and this has been verified in clinical trials that have used exercise to treat anxiety and depression.

Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. it also stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.

Your renewed vigour will help you succeed in many tasks and the discipline will help you achieve other lifestyle goals. Exercise and sports also provide opportunities to enjoy some solitude or to make friends and build networks.

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