Physical Fitness - Positive impacts on Mental Health

Feb 15, 2023
Physical Fitness & Mental Health

Hey there folks, it's your favourite sarcastic health nut, Ashley here to talk about physical exercise and mental health. Now, I know what you're thinking, "Oh great, another lecture on why I should hit the gym," but hold your horses because I promise to make it funny.  Or at least I think it will be...

First of all, let's get something straight: I'm not some running nutcase, so no this isn't about me talking to you about running a marathon to feel better. In fact, the only time I run is when I'm being chased. But despite my aversion to running, I can't deny the fact that physical exercise is essential for good mental health.

You see, when you work out, your body releases endorphins, which are basically the natural happy pills. They make you feel good, and who doesn't like feeling good? Plus, exercising helps reduce stress and anxiety, which can make you feel like a giant weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

And let's not forget the ego boost you get from hitting your fitness goals. There's nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment you get from running that extra mile or lifting that extra weight. It's like winning a gold medal, except you don't have to wear spandex.  I mean, you can if you want too.. I don't judge.

But wait, there's more! Regular physical activity can also improve your sleep, boost your self-esteem, and increase your brainpower. That's right, exercise can actually make you smarter. So next time you're struggling with that Sudoku puzzle, try doing some jumping jacks first.  We all know how frustrating Sudoku can be.

Now, I know some of you might be thinking, "But Ashley, I don't have time to exercise." Well, guess what? You don't need to spend hours in the gym to reap the mental health benefits of physical activity. Even just a quick 10-minute walk can do wonders for your mood.  Or an 8 minute Tabata workout.

So, there you have it folks. Exercise may not be as funny as a cat falling off a couch, but it's still pretty darn important for your mental health. And if you need any more motivation to get moving, just think of it this way: every time you exercise, you're one step closer to being able to outrun a zombie apocalypse. Now that's something worth sweating for.  I mean, have you been following the news lately?

Let's get shit done. K?


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