Mental Health Benefits of Working Out

I wasn’t an athlete growing up. I played tennis in high school, but was pretty mediocre. I only played because my older brothers did so I just followed suit. 

Working out should not be a chore nor should it be an easy task. It’s up to you to find the workouts you enjoy most while still being challenging. Fitness is so different for everybody and you’re not going to like the same types of workouts as your friends or family.

Find something you enjoy doing so you don’t drag your feet when it comes to your health!! There are millionssssss of different types of workouts. Most studios offer free trial periods and free classes before you sign up for a membership. Take advantage of that and find which one you love the most.

Here are a few different types of workouts you may enjoy, I’ve bolded the ones I have personally tried out:

  1. Weight Lifting
  2. Powerlifting
  3. Body Building 
  4. CrossFit
  5. Bootcamps
  6. F45
  7. Orange Theory
  8. Private Training Facilities
  9. Barre
  10. Pilates
  11. Dance
  12. Zumba
  13. Cycling Studios
  14. Outdoor Bootcamps
  15. Swimming
  16. Biking
  17. Running
  18. Kayaking
  19. Yoga
  20. Rock Climbing
  21. Any Sport
  22. Beachbody workouts at home
  23. Fitness plans from Online Trainers
  24. Fitness Apps

Fitness is not all about losing weight. It’s about getting your body healthy and staying healthy. Physical movement is tied to your brain health too. It’s not just for your body. Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal.

Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better.

Even just a few minutes of physical activity are better than none at all. If you don’t have time for 15 or 30 minutes of exercise, or if your body tells you to take a break after 5 or 10 minutes, for example, that’s okay, too. Start with 5- or 10-minute sessions and slowly increase your time. The more you exercise, the more energy you’ll have, so eventually you’ll feel ready for a little more. The key is to commit to some moderate physical activity—however little—on most days. As exercising becomes habit, you can slowly add extra minutes or try different types of activities.

It took me years to find out what I finally loved-powerlifting. Powerlifting to me isn’t just about looking good, losing weight, or building muscles. It’s about letting go of all my worries and troubles for an hour and leaving it all out on the platform. It’s about friendship, cheering people on, community and camaraderie. In that moment when I am lifting weights, nobody else matters but me. What are your favorite types of workouts? Leave me a comment, I’d love to read them!