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"Discover the Secret Between Exercise and Mental Health: The Mind-Blowing Benefits You Need to know"

Updated: May 25, 2023

This is a very eye opening topic as I have noticed huge leaps for people coming in to Growth Gyms with depression, anxiety, trauma and many other mental health struggles with no outlet for dealing with these issues, so for many people this is their first step to working on themselves, the difference this first step makes is far greater than a lot of people realise, so today let's talk about the connection between fitness and mental health. As a mindset coach and a personal trainer, I've seen firsthand the positive effects that exercise can have on those who suffer from mental health issues, So let's dive into it.

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The Science Stuff

Research has shown that physical fitness can improve mood, reduce stress, and even alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. But what does that mean in practice? Here are a few examples:

· Exercise releases endorphins, which are natural chemicals that make you feel good. This can help to boost your mood and reduce feelings of anxiety.

· Physical activity can help to reduce cortisol, a hormone that's released when you're stressed. By reducing cortisol, exercise can help to lower your overall stress levels.

· Exercise can also improve sleep, which is essential for mental health. When you sleep well, your brain can function properly, and you're better able to cope with daily stressors.

The Controversy of Exercise

Exercise as a solution for mental health is a controversial topic. While it's often promoted as universally beneficial, it may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with severe mental health issues or physical limitations. Mental health conditions are complex and multifaceted, and exercise is not always an effective or appropriate treatment. Emphasizing exercise as a cure-all can perpetuate harmful attitudes towards mental illness and place undue pressure on individuals. Mental health treatment should be comprehensive and tailored to individual needs without dismissing the limitations and potential risks of exercise in the context of mental health.

The Implications

As a mindset coach, I believe that mental health should be addressed holistically. Just as mental health can impact physical health, physical health can impact mental health, and we need to consider both when helping people who are struggling.

For those dealing with mental health issues, incorporating exercise into their routine can be incredibly helpful. Here are a few examples:

· Going for a walk or run outside can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and improve mood.

· Yoga and other forms of low-impact exercise can help to reduce stress and improve sleep.

· Group exercise classes can provide social support, which is important for mental health.

· Weightlifting or strength training can help to boost self-esteem and confidence, and provide a sense of accomplishment.

· Dancing can be a fun and enjoyable way to get moving, while also improving mood and reducing stress.

· Martial arts or kickboxing can help to release pent-up emotions and improve overall mental clarity.

· Hiking or other outdoor activities can provide a sense of connection to nature, which can be calming and restorative for mental health

Remember, the key is to find an activity that you enjoy and that works for your individual needs and abilities. Everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. The important thing is to keep trying until you find what works for you.

The Mindfulness Connection

When people speak of meditation an image of a person sitting with their legs crossed and eyes closed comes to mind but meditation is not something we do it is a state of being, I believe exercise can put you in this state by focusing on the present moment and nothing else, instead of thinking of the past or stressing about the future it gives you a mental break by focusing on the body.

So through exercise you can achieve this mindful state, give it a go pay attention next time you workout and just notice how you stop thinking about anything but right now.

Final Thoughts

As a mindset coach and personal trainer, I have had the privilege of witnessing the incredible changes that physical exercise can bring to someone's mental health. I have seen people go from feeling helpless and overwhelmed by their mental health issues to feeling empowered and in control of their lives. I have seen individuals who were once unable to leave their homes due to anxiety, now excelling socially and achieving things they never thought possible. Exercise is not a miracle cure, but it can be a powerful tool in the fight against mental health issues. With an honest and open culture at Growth Gyms it is the perfect place to begin experiencing the connection between fitness and mental health, let's keep encouraging each other to prioritize our mental and physical well-being.

To find out more (click here) you can visit my facebook page, where this will be discuss in coming days.

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