Exercise is so often used to create physical changes, [i.e. booty gainz], that we forget - or aren’t even aware of - how beneficial it can be mentally. Regular exercise naturally reduces the levels of hormones that make us feel crappy and increases the levels of hormones that help us feel our best. It’s worth noting that some individuals rely on medications to cope with mental illness and I am so happy they’ve found a treatment that works, but for people who aren’t reliant on medication and would prefer to stick to natural treatments that improve their mental health, the great thing about exercise is that it’s an all-natural solution with a long list of positive side effects, rather than countless negative ones like we might see with prescription meds.
Exercise reduces levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which, when they get and remain too high for too long, can sabotage our health [i.e. high blood pressure and/or cholesterol, heart disease and chronic illness]. Not only that, exercise also causes an influx of endorphins, which naturally boost our mood and help reduce pain too. [Read more here.] All the while, this daily habit improves our overall health, making us less susceptible to chronic disease. Ultimately, that means we’re less likely to find ourselves in a situation where we have to cope with the physical, emotional and financial stress of poor health down the road. Short and long term, if your goal is to thrive, not merely survive, exercise and regular movement are key.
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