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Three reasons to exercise for your mental health

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Exercising our body goes far beyond maintaining a good physical condition, since generating a state of comprehensive well-being also covers our mental health. Sport or any training leads to the release of endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that help us feel an effect of pleasure and well-being.
In a nutshell: exercising frequently will help us have a much more optimistic outlook on life. But despite being aware of it, many people find it hard to get into the habit of playing sports, or at least; walk for a period of time on a daily basis.
So how can we help ourselves overcome reluctance?

Exercise slowly: Big routine changes should always start small, because otherwise; soon we will be falling into a daze that will lead us to give up, so instead of wanting to cover everything from the beginning, start adding a few minutes a day on a weekly basis, in this way, your body and especially the brain will adapt better to the new activity.

Celebrate every little step: Our brain is an organ that is programmed with routines and rewards, therefore; celebrating each time you achieve a new goal, no matter how small, will lead you to want more to obtain the prize you want so much to feel pleasure: dopamine.

Do sports activities with other people: Another way to keep your good attitude up is by joining other people who also practice sports or who do the same exercise routines as you, so that everyone can accompany each other and motivate each other to continue.
So take advantage of our quality of being social to agree with a family member or friend, and if no one wants to join, don’t worry because whether you have joined a gym, practice a specific activity or simply do exercises in some outdoor area, surely you will be able to meet other people who are in the same situation as you.

Regardless of the type of routine you do, even something as simple as walking or dancing a couple of minutes a day at home can be a great contribution to your physical and emotional well-being. It all adds up.

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