Physical exercise is the best ally to maintain physical and mental health, practicing it every day brings many benefits, such as:
Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety: The reduction of anxiety has been observed both with the practice of anaerobic and aerobic exercise, although it is true that the effect is greater with aerobic exercise practiced for 20-60 minutes with a frequency of 3 and 5 days a week. This effect is caused by the release of B-endorphins, which act directly on the brain producing a sense of well-being and relaxation.
Strengthens muscles and bones: Physical activity strengthens muscles, tendons and ligaments. In addition, it allows us to have stronger bones (which reduces the risk of fractures), and delays the loss of bone mass that results in osteoporosis.
Analgesia or increased pain threshold: This effect is also caused by the release of B-endorphins, which inhibit the nerve fibers that transmit pain, so this hormone has been called the hormone of happiness or “natural analgesic”.
Release of dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline: These molecules are involved in the regulation of emotions, so the practice of physical exercise can help to prevent and relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. The regular practice of exercise is an element that is used in psychotherapy.
Improving self-esteem: Performing exercise constantly increases self-esteem, helps to have a more positive self-image and improves the quality of life. Doing physical exercise, curiously, makes us less tired. We also tone muscles, lose fat and, consequently, we are in better shape, which will directly affect a better assessment of ourselves.