How Fitness Can Help With Depression

Sure, we all know that exercise is good for the body.  But did you know that exercise is also good for your mental well-being? Like, REALLY good! According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people around the world have depression, and it is estimated that 15 percent of the adult population will experience depression at some point in their lives. So can fitness really help when you’re feeling low? You bet it can!

Here at Youfit, we’re more focused on how you feel than how you look. We’ve all seen those advertisements with the muscular meathead flexing a bicep the size of a baby’s head, right? Or that beautiful girl sporting a perfectly trimmed and toned body? Maybe that’s not your idea of a healthy lifestyle, and that’s ok. Most people who exercise regularly continue to do so because of other awesome benefits, including an overall sense of well-being. Consistent exercise renders greater energy levels, better sleep, increased self-esteem, enhanced memory, and improved mental health.

Have you heard of those feel-good chemicals called endorphins? Endorphins are produced naturally by our nervous system, which can actually act as a pain reliever and mood booster. Exercising gets your heart rate up, increases blood flow to the brain, and releases those feel good endorphins throughout your body.  Another benefit is the release of serotonin which is a natural happiness booster. *Cue the big smile as you walk out of the gym.* Additionally, exercise can create a distraction from chaotic schedules and give you some quiet time. Don’t we all need more quiet time?

Are we telling you to get yourself up every day and run a marathon? Not at all! Research indicates that you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Even a modest amount of exercise can have a positive impact. Exercise might be the powerful depression fighter that many of us have been looking for and that’s why we’re here to help. If you’re possibly starting your fitness journey or if you’d like to learn more about Youfit Health Clubs and find a gym near you, please visit youfit.com.