Here are 5 ways exercise can help improve your mental health:
Regular exercisers are quick to point out the boost in energy and mood that comes after physical activity (sometimes called the runner’s high
). Though researchers aren’t in total agreement about what specifically causes that boost, medical professionals
recommend exercise as a way to lift spirits.
When stuck at work or struggling to make a decision, your best bet may be to fit in some exercise
. Many studies suggest
exercise improves brain function almost immediately and the positive effects can make a big difference in the long-run. For help with decision making, planning and learning new information, a Harvard Medical School
study suggests making exercise a top priority.
From spelling and vocabulary tests to recalling names, memory is a major part of life from elementary school through adulthood andresearch suggests
that exercise can help with recall. Even prior to the publication of that study, though, The New York Times
reported on earlier studies that showed a correlation between exercise and better memory.
If you’re having trouble thinking “outside the box” a tough run or strength training session
might just be the answer to your creativity block. A number of studies on the subject
have shown that physical activity improves creative thinking, for a couple of hours after exercise. That should be enough of a boost to beat whatever creative block is in your way.