Physical Exercise For Emotional Strength

February 2, 2017

What does exercise do for us emotionally?

February 2017 Healthy Perspectives Digest

Physical Exercise for Emotional Strength

We all know that regular exercise can make us physically strong. However, regular exercise can also make us emotionally solid. You can ease depression and anxiety by getting physical. If you have ever worked out when in a bad mood, you have probably seen this in action. So, what does exercise do for us emotionally?

Releases chemicals that make you feel good.

Just a 30-minute walk around your neighborhood can release feel-good chemicals in your brain.

Gives you a boost of energy and promotes sleep.

With oxygen flowing through your body, your heart and lungs work more efficiently. This makes you feel better and allows you to get through the day. When the day is over, you’ll sleep more soundly, repairing you physically and emotionally.

Serves as a healthy distraction.

When you have a lot on your mind, a yoga class, walk or time at the gym can offer a distraction from your thoughts. Instead of turning to alcohol, food or drugs, exercise is a great way to cope. For many people, this time is their “safe space.” In addition, going to classes or the gym will encourage you to socialize, creating a supportive, positive environment.

Boosts your immune system.

When you feel better physically, you feel better emotionally. If you are feeling sick, it can add to feelings of depression and anxiety.

Physical strength is a great benefit of exercise, but emotional health is just as important. If you commit to 75 minutes of vigorous exercise or 150 minutes of moderate, you will surely feel the emotional rewards.

Visit for an article from Psychology Today with Four Exercises for Social/Emotional Well-Being.

To learn more about healthy habits and how to create them, follow the link below to read our February 2017 Healthy Perspectives Digest.