By: NM Kishwaukee Health Staff
Exercise is a vital tool that can be used to enhance your overall wellness. Read these mental health benefits that can occur when you increase your level of physical activity:
Decrease stress hormones
Lower stress hormones like cortisol. Working out gives your endorphins—your body’s “feel-good” chemicals—a natural boost.
Exercise can help you lose weight, tone your body, increase flexibility and more. You’ll feel better about yourself as you achieve your goals and experience the physical strength and benefits resulting from your workout routine.
Certain exercise techniques such as yoga can help you quiet your mind, relax your body and regulate breathing. Plus, physical activity can take your mind off of your problems and redirect it to the activity at hand.
Whether you join an exercise class or you play in a league, exercising with others can provide stress relief through comradery, motivation and encouragement.
Improving your overall health and longevity with exercise can save you a great deal of stress in the short run (by strengthening your immunity to colds, the flu, and other minor illnesses) and the long run (by helping you stay healthier longer, and enjoy life more because of it).
Take advantage of our current January membership offer to get started on your fitness journey. We want to help you look and feel great so that you can pursue a healthy lifestyle. Explore our membership options and offerings at the member Services desk.
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