MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF EXERCISE

If you’ve been following us for a while, you’re used to hearing us talk about the most commonly known benefits associated with exercise:

  • Weight loss
  • More strength
  • Muscle gain
  • Higher energy level
  • Improved movement
  • Decrease in aches and pains
  • Better blood pressure/cholesterol numbers

In addition, there is strong evidence to suggest that being physically fit can have a positive impact on our mental health as well.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and today we are going to extoll the virtues of exercise as it relates to improved mental health.

Reduce stress and anxiety: Exercise has been shown to reduce levels of stress hormones in the body, such as cortisol, and increase the production of endorphins, which can improve mood and reduce feelings of anxiety.

Improves cognitive function: Regular exercise has been linked to improved cognitive function, including better memory, attention, and decision-making abilities.

Boosts self-esteem: Regular exercise can help to improve body image and self-esteem, which can, in turn, have a positive impact on mental health.

Reduces symptoms of depression: Exercise has been shown to be an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression, possibly due to its ability to increase the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine that are involved in mood regulation.

Improves sleep quality: Regular exercise has been linked to improved sleep quality, which is important for maintaining good mental health.

See what some of our members had to say about their experiences:

“I’m not really a workout fanatic, but I’m experiencing real results and have a more positive attitude both body and mind.”

Brendan M.

“I am proud of myself, more confident, and ready to continue my journey.

Heather N.

“My individualized program has made a huge difference in my strength, stamina, and outlook.”

Jane K.

“I’ve transformed my physical appearance, and I can say that I feel better and more confident than at any other time in my life. I’ve totally changed my belief in what I’m capable of achieving.”

Jocelyn A.

I have made improvements not only in my mind and body but in my overall confidence.

I’ve improved my self-esteem to the point that I want to inspire others in theirown journey to a healthier lifestyle.”

Jean C.

“Being at ALF has transformed me(and my husband) both physically and mentally, and it’s even obvious to our friends and our families. I feel strong, I feel powerful! It’s a really positive thing in my life.”

Lynn K.

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We help individuals over 40 embrace a healthier lifestyle that’s filled with movement and activities. From weight loss to strengthening, nutrition to mobility, we help Union County, NJ residents live better. Start to life your best life, and love the way you look and feel.

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