The psychological benefits of exercise.

the psychological benefits of exercise

Firstly, what exactly is aerobic exercise?

As defined by the Global Healing Centre website, aerobic exercise is a type of movement such as running or cycling that increases heart rate and increases oxygen supply.

The NHS goes on to say that examples of moderate-intensity activities include:

  • brisk walking
  • water aerobics
  • riding a bike
  • dancing
  • doubles tennis
  • pushing a lawnmower
  • hiking
  • rollerblading

We are told we need aerobic exercise for many benefits like weight loss, skin tightening.
But that’s not all! Aerobic exercise is also good for the mind!

Let’s have a closer look at the psychological benefits associated with aerobic exercise

In summary, the advantages are that It improves mood, reduces anxiety, reduces depression and acts as a buffer against stress.

let’s go into a little more detail on the Psychological benefits

Improves mood  

When we do aerobic exercise, our body produces chemicals called endorphins.

Scientifically, endorphins are polypeptides that can bind to nerve receptors in the brain to relieve pain. Endorphins are not only produced during exercise; They can also be activated by deep breathing, meditation, eating spicy foods, or deep laughter, just don’t try to do all five at the same.

Endorphins are said to have four main effects on the body; They relieve pain, reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, and delay the ageing process.

It might be a good idea to stock up on fitness equipment that can make your life easier. I prefer to train outdoors but my wife has an indoor bike so if it rains, I have no excuse not to get some exercise in.

Reducing anxiety and depression

Depression and anxiety can lead to feelings of isolation.

While participating in aerobic sports, a person can choose to join a running club, swimming club, gym, or any other sports club. This is a great way to reap the psychological benefits of aerobics because it saves you time and puts you in a situation where you need to talk to people.

Aerobic exercise is a distraction.

For about 45 minutes to an hour a day, you can put yourself in a position where you’re too busy to worry about the annoying things in life and just enjoy your exercise.

Burning fat and toning can increase your confidence. Your clothes will fit you better and you may even start to get compliments from your friends. This is usually enough to start lifting the big black mood cloud and move you to a better mental mind space.


Do you feel like the whole world is collapsing on you?

I think sooner or later everyone does. If you stay positive, it will pass.

Aerobic exercise is a great way to stay positive when you are stressed, it is also incredibly important to get enough sleep. People who exercise fall asleep faster, get more rest, and have more vivid memories.

Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, providing more sugar and oxygen, helping you focus more. And as mentioned before the endorphins can make you happier, and help you relax.


As defined by the Global Healing centre and NHS uk, aerobic exercise is a type of movement such as running or cycling that increases heart rate and increases oxygen supply. Good examples of aerobic exercise are running, active yoga, cycling, brisk walking, circuit training, skiing, and inline skating.

we were told we need aerobic exercise for many benefits like weight loss, skin tightening, Improved mood, Reduced anxiety, and it helps beat stress.

In short, go exercise or you may be missing out on a lot of positive benefits.

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