By Kitty Chao.
A lot of us know from our own experience that we feel better after we exercise. Experts think that
exercise is changing our levels of endorphins and serotonin. Endorphins can lift your mood while
serotonin is a neurotransmitter that can regulate mood, appetite, digestion, memory and sleep. That
said, even though most people agree that exercise does improve mood, there is still a debate about
precisely how this happens.
Benefits for your mental health
- Increase in your self-esteem as you are taking control of your wellbeing
- Exercising can put you amongst other people, reducing loneliness and social isolation
- Healthy distraction to break a cycle of negative worries and thoughts
Three exercise sessions per week, each lasting at least 30 minutes at moderate to vigorous intensity are recommended for a minimum of 8 weeks. (Moderate intensity exercise requires some effort, but still allows you to speak easily while vigorous intensity exercise takes more effort and makes you breathe harder and faster so it is difficult to speak.)