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Exercise can improve mood and self-confidence.
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Not only does a lack of exercise make your body more prone to disease, a sedentary lifestyle can also damage your mind. Not exercising can cause moodiness and irritability, and physical activity is an effective stress reliever. If a lack of exercise leads to excess weight gain, your self-confidence may decrease. Studies show that being sedentary can increase your risk of dementia. If beginning a fitness regimen seems overwhelming, talk to your doctor or a personal trainer to develop modest and attainable physical activity goals.
Depression Sets In
According to MayoClinic.com, lacking healthy outlets to release negative emotions can increase your depression risk. Exercise is thought to combat depression by releasing mood-enhancing neurotransmitters and reducing immune system chemicals that can increase depression. Exercising increases the production of endorphins, mood-boosting and anxiety-reducing chemicals. Exercise can also fight weight gain, a common side effect of depression medications.
Stress Goes Unchecked
Eating poorly and skipping exercise are common reactions when you are stressed, but you can best manage stress when you are physically in good shape and mentally strong. Exercise allows you to safely release stress and other negative emotions. Focusing on exercising and achieving fitness goals can help clear your mind of worries. It doesn't matter what kind of exercise you perform -- punching a weight bag or going for a hard run is just as effective at relieving stress as swimming several laps or doing yoga.
Self-confidence is tied to how you feel about yourself. If you are not exercising, you may be overweight and have a poor self-image, which can cause depression. A lack of exercise can leave you feeling physically weak and unable to fulfill work duties efficiently or take up new hobbies. According to a study published in 2009 in вЂњThe Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice,вЂќ aerobic exercise is the best to improve mental well-being, though all physical activity has the ability to boost self-esteem and confidence.
Dementia Risk Increases
Your body is not the only part of you to suffer when you don't exercise. A long-term study published in 2013 in the вЂњPlosOneвЂќ journal found that regular exercise can reduce the risk of developing cognitive impairment and dementia. You don't necessarily need to break a sweat with a gym workout to maintain optimum cognitive functioning; a study published in 2003 in the "New England Journal of Medicine" found dancing to be effective at protecting against dementia.