The Effects Of Exercise On Mental Health


02 Jan

"Exercise, as a complimentary therapy has done more for my mental health than any medication has"



Let's talk about exercise.....


Up until about 3 years ago I HATED EXERCISE. I was one of those lazy fat lads who always used excuses like "I'm too busy" or "I'm happy with the way am" or "I can't afford it"......... Well I gotta tell you folks. After a 12 Week program with Caveman Training back in 2016 I was converted.... Now, I love the gym, I love the feeling you get after a good work out and I'm not gonna lie, shedding the fat and building some muscle has done wonders for my body confidence.


I now know exercise in whatever form will always be a big part of my life. 


Let me Tell you why....



the sceince of exercise


In the most basic way exercise offers our brains the release of some good feeling chemicals called "Endorphins". These little buggers effect how we think and feel about certain things. The more good chemicals that are released into our body the better off our general moods are.


Now that that bit of science has been said let me tell you how your mental health could be improved by incorporating some sort of exercise into your weekly life.


Fresh clear focused mind


our mind


As a person that enjoyed his weekends to the most a foggy mind was a way of life for me. The first half of the week was recovering and the latter part of the week was spent working and looking forward to the weekend (It was a constant repetitive cycle). 


Nowadays I can't describe the benefits of exercise on the mind. It clears all the cobwebs away, I'm more productive and focused and the quality of my work is a 100 times better than it was before I started to incorporate exercise into my life. 


Body Confidence


me


I debated with myself quite a lot whether to put these pictures of me before and after in this blog but it is a honest representation of my journey with exercise and how far I've come. 


"I could have counted the times I have taken off my T-shirt in public over the last 10 years on 1 hand!!"


Now that I have been working out over the past couple of years I still have some issues with the way I see my body but my journey from back where I used to be and where I am now are at opposite ends of the scale. 


It's amazing what a bit of body confidence can do to a persons mental health.

Endless amounts of energy


The excuse of 


"I'm too tired after work to hit the gym is a myth"


I was a frequent user of this line but the truth is, yes you may find it hard to get off your arse and hit the gym after work because your shattered but living a healthier lifestyle with a bit of exercise increases your endurance levels to the max. You acquire boundless amounts of energy.... Enough for work, the gym and whatever else you want to do with all this built up get up and go.. 


Improved mood


I've always had a pretty positive attitude about life but even more so these days.... Things don't seem much of an effort any more. 


The daily increase of endorphins will put you in such a better frame of mind that you will be happier, more focused, motivated and better to be around...... Your friends and family won't recognise you or your happier personality any more!


Some much needed "ME" Time


alone time



I'm a bit of an introvert some days and trying to find some much needed me time can be difficult which is where the gym comes in. 


Why not put your headphones and favourite tunes on and hit the gym for an hour..... It kills 2 birds with 1 stone. You get fit & healthy and it'll provide you with some much needed you time where you can re-engage with you, your thoughts and your feelings..... It does me wonders!!



final thoughts 

I get it, exercise is not everyone's cup of tea so i'll just speak for myself when I'm talking about how beneficial it can be on a persons mental health. It really has completely changed my mindset and how I think and operate in this busy busy hectic world of ours.


If you want to give it a shot why not go for a long walk or run, get a free gym session online or go do a class...... (It's life changing, trust me).


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