Starting a simple workout plan, either through a no-equipment workout at home or by adopting a beginner weightlifting routine in the gym seems, to most of us, the best tool to finally get in shape and achieve those body goals we have been pursuing.

Nevertheless, there is an aspect that is less commonly taken into consideration when we decide to start exercising. Oftentimes, we are more focused on the physical benefits we reap from exercising, which may lead us to completely overlook the mental benefits.

The mental benefits of exercising can play a huge role in helping us stay ‘sane’, especially during challenging times. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, now is a better time than ever to really start focusing on exercise and your mental health. It is no wonder we are seeing more people becoming more physically active lately by taking the steps to try a simple workout plan at home.

Getting fit brings us countless physical benefits. According to theU.S National Library of Medicine, exercising regularly ‘contributes to the primary and secondary prevention of several chronic diseases and is associated with a reduced risk of premature death’.

Nevertheless, the question we are now asking is: how does exercise benefit us mentally? And how can we make the most out of it?

The mental benefits of exercising

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Being physically active, by practicing functional fitness workouts, for instance, can bring to whoever practices it consistent physical benefits. These can include enhanced endurance, a better sex life, and overall increased energy, as reported by the U.S National Library of Medicine.

However, exercising is not only about losing weight, building muscle, or increasing interest in sex. Its role goes beyond that to building the mental strength you need to stay productive and maintain good performance levels, be it at work, studies, or just your ordinary daily tasks.

People who cannot spend a day or two without going to the gym know exactly what we are talking about. Thus, functional fitness workouts do not only make our lives easier, but they also leave us feeling refreshed throughout the day, and prepares us to face our daily challenges with increased focus, energy, and self-confidence.

Here are some of the mental benefits you will gain when you start exercising:

Most importantly, working out will make your battle against mental illnesses less challenging, as it can have the same effect as antidepressants.

Thanks to its ability to boost neural growth, exercising can ease the mental struggles you might be facing daily. In addition to that, it can also work as a distraction from the problems you might be thinking about endlessly. Consider it an escape from the bad mental space you might be in, so you can start reaping the benefits and transitioning to a healthier mental state.

It is okay to start slow

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People’s schedules vary from one person to the next. Therefore, we do not expect you to spend hours of your day at the gym. Rather, dedicating a few minutes each day or two can make a difference. Do not get intimidated by the desire to start big, but instead develop small habits to build upon. This can be a beginner weightlifting routine or a simple workout plan. Whatever it is, stick with it. All of your efforts will surely pay off.

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