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5 Mental Health Benefits of Functional Fitness

Functional fitness doesn’t just help you physically. Exercising will also benefit your mental health! Functional fitness will help reduce stress, boost your mood, and much more. The following highlights just a few of the benefits. Why not start a functional fitness routine today? Reduces Stress Exercise helps reduce both physical and mental stress. Working out […]

Functional fitness doesn’t just help you physically. Exercising will also benefit your mental health! Functional fitness will help reduce stress, boost your mood, and much more. The following highlights just a few of the benefits. Why not start a functional fitness routine today?

Reduces Stress

Exercise helps reduce both physical and mental stress. Working out releases chemicals that help your brain moderate your levels of stress. Functional fitness exercises require you to put your body through routine physical stress. Through this, your body learns to adapt to physical stress. This adaptability and flexibility also carries over to how you handle mental stress.

Mood Boost

Functional fitness exercises also help make you happier. Exercise releases endorphins, chemicals that make you feel happy. When endorphins are released naturally through exercise, you’ll be less at risk for depression and more likely to have feelings of euphoria post workout. Opting to exercise outside will also give you a boost in happiness.

Helps Relieve Anxiety

Exercise helps reduce feelings of anxiety. The action does this not only by reducing endorphins as discussed earlier, but also by giving you something consistent to focus on. In functional fitness, this could be keeping your breathing steady, thinking about your form, or replicating everyday actions. Did you know exercise reduces anxiety at the same level as a massage?

More Confidence

Another great benefit of exercise is an increase in self-confidence! You’ll have to learn something new and will slowly become more confident over time. Being confident in a gym environment will carry over to other areas of your life such as your career. People who exercise also feel more positive about their self-image which leads to more positive self-talk.

Better Sleep

Your body needs to recover from physical exercise. It does this best through sleep. When you exercise, your brain will make you feel tired earlier and sleep better. Getting better sleep is important in many areas of your life. You will feel more alert during the day which will help you retain more information. You’ll also feel more energized.  

Functional fitness doesn’t only offer physical benefits. It also comes with a variety of mental health advantages. Exercise will make you feel happier, reduce anxiety, and give you more confidence. With all these benefits, why not find a trainer near you today and get started?

This article was originally published on SharonGould.org.

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