Could Winter Exercise Help With More Than Just Your Love Handles? - Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County

Could Winter Exercise Help With More Than Just Your Love Handles?

file00023914567Stay more than just warm this winter season and keep up with your mental health! There are many ways to do this, of course, but there’s something that could be helping you in more ways than one! Exercising this winter could be your ticket to a stress-free start to the new year! There are many benefits of exercise pertaining to mental health.

A Sweaty Anti-Depressant

Partaking in sweat-inducing activities can act as an equivalent of anti-depressants. This phenomenon is because exercise stimulates the growth of certain neurons in the brain that depression has effected.

Reverse that Stress

Along with fighting depression, exercise also helps to reverse the effects of stress. A thirty-minute workout alone can, not only help burn off those calories from all the hot coco keeping you warm, but also increase the calming chemicals in the brain such as dopamine and serotonin. With this extra boost of chemicals, you would not have any need to feel anything but relaxed this winter.

A Breath of Fresh Air

There are many reasons as to why exercise is good for your mental health, but this winter make it a priority to get out there and feel great! Exercise not only boosts self-confidence, but it can also be an excuse to get outside in the fresh air, and allow you to engage with new people and new activities. With all of this exercise, your mind will be far less tempted to wander and worry, and allow you to focus on working hard and feeling relaxed afterward.

The Suicide Prevention Alliance wishes you and your families a great start to this new year!

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