Working out can help more than just your body — it can also give your mind a boost and help you avoid depression and anxiety.
The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, families dealing with having to choose whether going back to school or staying virtual is best for the kids and the challenges of working during this time, in addition to the negative events that continue to happen around the country and the world, is enough to push everyone into a bit of depression and anxiety.
Working out often is known for physically transforming your body, but it also has an abundance of benefits for the mind. Exercising is the one consistent mood balancer. Besides putting you in a better mood, exercise can help alleviate the effects of depression and anxiety.
While those experiencing the symptoms of anxiety or depression should always seek advice from a mental health professional, people everywhere might just have one more reason to hit the gym or put on their walking shoes.
While anxiety and depression often leave people feeling isolated, it’s important to remember you are not alone. Most people you know have experienced at least one major depressive or anxiety episode this year.
Research has shown that, in many cases, exercise can be a vital part of treatment. Why? When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. By interacting with pain receptors in the brain, endorphins create a reduced perception of pain. Also known as “runner’s high,” this feeling generally allows for a more positive outlook on life and helps reduce the symptoms of mental illness.
Exercise doesn’t just enhance your mood, but it can also boost your self-esteem and confidence. Through staying physically active, you not only keep your body healthier but also tend to feel better about the way you look. Plus, by better coping with depression and anxiety, people may find themselves getting more socially active. This creates a positive cycle. The more social you are, the more comfortable you may feel opening up to others.
The correlation between stress and mental illness is strong. Highly stressed people are at an increased risk for feeling anxious or sad. Fortunately, exercising is an excellent method for tackling stress. When you’re working your body, you’re forced to focus on the present moment instead of worrying about the past or future.
I have several different types of training available. I Hate My Trainer Kids’ Bootcamp is a great way to get the kids out of the house and active. I Hate My Trainer is starting a Women’s Bootcamp at 10 a.m. Please call me at 813-786-1541 to get signed up for training, group trainings or any of my Bootcamp programs.
Mike Gartz is a personal trainer who owns I Hate My Trainer at 117 E. Reynolds St. Plant City.