The effects of exercise on your mental health


Running releases endorphins

Madeline Hippeard , Reporter

Today, mental health concerns are growing; however, the benefits of exercising apply to everyone, no matter their mental state. According to healthdirect, the benefits of exercise include: reducing the risk of illness and helping to boost your self-esteem. Mentally, exercise releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin, which improve your mood. In fact, exercising regularly can reduce stress and symptoms of mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.

Both Scott Cundiff, the school life counselor, and Caitlin Pannell, anatomy and psychology teacher, agree that exercise can improve mental health.

“When you exercise, you release lots of endorphins, the things that make you feel good, so it relieves bodily stress,” stated Pannell. Mr. Cundiff states “there are multiple studies that show that regular exercise helps with depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders, usual because it releases endorphins, creating feel good feelings.” Moreover, both Mr. Cundiff and Mrs. Pannell mentioned that after you exercise, there is a come down period, where you become tired and sleep well, which helps you feel less stressed. “It’s all connected,” said  Pannell.

So, if you are ever struggling with mental health, or having a bad day, go for a run. Do some physical activity to get those endorphins released to make you feel better. However, exercise alone cannot cure any mental illness, it can only help lessen the effects. If you are really struggling, do not be afraid to ask for help, for you are not alone.