The psychological benefits of exercise for the body & soul

Many people already know that exercise has benefits for good health and fitness, and also for mind & body. However, there are still some who did not also do so, the reason being no time. Not infrequently there is justifiable because it was tired with their day, so choosing the immediate break rather than exercising.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention USA (CDC) had been recommended for an adult to have intense time in exercising, for at least two hours and a half every week. Unfortunately, according to the CDC nearly 80 percent of adults do not achieve that, for reasons of time and energy to do so need to 'struggle'.

In fact, reported by the Independent exercise regularly not only provide health benefits for the body, but also for mental health. Here are some psychological benefits of exercise based on research from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

1. Improve mood

Research shows that regular exercise can make a better mood. Another study says that lifting weights or running exercise can help reduce anxiety and improve mental health.

In the 8000 study conducted for the Dutch population aged 16-65 found that in general, people who exercise regularly are more satisfied and happy with their lives than those who do not.

American Psychological Association (APA) also said that exercise can help make you feel happier.

"The relationship between exercise and mood is quite strong," said Michael Otto, as a Professor of Psychology at Boston University told APA. "Typically, five minutes after exercise you will get a mood enhancer effect," he added.

2. Reduce Stress

Not a few people who feel stressed after work, choosing to avoid exercise because they feel tired. In fact, exercise can reduce overall stress levels, and improve the ability to cope with and handle the heavy mental load situations.

"Exercise may be a biological means of toughening the brain so that the stress can be reduced," said Otto.

3. Increase confidence

In addition to improving mood, according to a research institute, regular exercise can also support a healthy body image. Whether because of physical changes in the body or a sense of pride in completing a set of exercises, the positive effects of exercise can lead to satisfaction, the impact on confidence.

4. Sleep more soundly

As you well know, enough sleep means more energy throughout the day. Regular exercise is believed to help a regular sleep schedule as well.

A study on young people found that those who exercised intensely, getting a quality night's sleep is better than not. In addition, people who exercise vigorously will also tend to sleep more quickly, and the risk of waking up in the middle of the bed will be reduced, and will sleep more soundly.