Physical exercise has many benefits; it helps you stay in shape, look good, and maintain a healthy weight. Furthermore, physical exercise offers a number of physical health benefits as it promotes a healthy body. Thus, promoting healthy bodily functioning. But, the benefits of physical exercise often go unnoticed. Although, they are certainly hard to ignore. Here at Delray Center, we believe that physical exercise and mental health treatment go hand-in-hand. And, offer personal training to individuals in our care so they can experience the benefits of exercise and fitness for themselves.
Essentially, anyone can experience the mental health benefits of physical exercise. But, as exercise does provide so many mental health benefits, it can be an integral part of a treatment plan for individuals diagnosed with mental health issues. So, whether you’re dealing with stress and anxiety or diagnosed with a debilitating mental health condition, you can use physical exercise to boost mental health.
So, what are the actual mental health benefits of physical exercise? While these benefits may vary from person to person, some of the mental health benefits physical exercise can promote include:
Better Sleep: Many people living with mental health issues experience a number of symptoms relating to their condition. One of the most common symptoms of mental health issues is sleep problems; whether it be lack of sleep or too much sleep. Exercise helps to promote the release of endorphins, which are responsible for keeping the body alert. When these endorphins are released through exercise, individuals can more easily wind down and get the sleep they need to promote better mental health.
Reduced Stress Levels: Along with promoting sleep, physical exercise can help to reduce stress. This is due to the fact that both the central nervous system and the sympathetic nervous system work together during exercise. Thus, allowing the body to better prepare for stressful situations and emotions.
Brain Recharge: Physical exercise also has many benefits on biology which, in turn, can have a positive effect on psychology. For example, exercise is shown to stimulate the rejuvenation, or regrowth, of brain cells. Therefore, allowing for a number of positive, psychological benefits such as better memory, improved focus, and refined learning.
Reduction in Depression/Anxiety Symptoms: Physical exercise can help to promote the management of symptoms brought on by mood-related disorders. For example, symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders. This is a result of the release of endorphins throughout physical exercise that helps to promote better mood regulation and management.
Mental health treatment approaches which include exercise planning and services help patients take full advantage of the benefits of physical exercise and mental health. For example, here at Delray Center for Healing, we offer physical fitness services with our personal training programs.
Our private physical fitness studio, Performance Fitness and Nutrition, not only provides exercise equipment and a private space to exercise, but also professional guidance. Individuals can learn about nutrition and healthy meal planning as well as receive personal training that addresses personal fitness goals. This stimulates motivation to develop exercise routines that individuals can take with them and utilize in the long term. Thus, promoting the success of long term fitness regimens that provide the mental health advantages of physical fitness for these individuals for many years to come.