The Real Health Benefits of Regular Exercise

Several mental health conditions could benefit from physical workouts. Shutterstock

20. Say goodbye to negative thoughts and draining attitudes thanks to a regular exercise routine.

Exercise can make you happy, and it can also help you deal with any negative thoughts you may have. Mental illness is one of those conditions that affect thousands of people every year. A regular exercise routine can help relieve negative thoughts associated with several mental health conditions. Like depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, most types of mental illness have some form of unwanted thoughts. It can vary from worry about leaving an appliance on, concern over what might happen, or feelings of self-hatred or loathing.

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Many who are afflicted with these conditions may feel constricted or stuck in these thought processes. Exercise provides the opportunity to focus on exact body movements instead of these intrusive thoughts. How difficult the workout depends on the routine, but scientists have found a correlation between interrupting these thoughts and regular exercise. Working out also increases brain sensitivity for the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which are responsible for relieving depressed feelings. If you suffer from a mental health illness, talk to your doctor about how exercise may help you with your symptoms.

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