The Cognitive and Physical Benefits of Exercise

Finding the motivation and time in your schedule to maintain a structured exercise routine can prove challenging.

Yet the cognitive and physical gains of exercise are numerous. With the growing rate of obesity, it is vital to encourage your children and teenagers to lead healthy lifestyles, which includes frequent physical activity.

Some key benefits of regular exercise may include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Energy boost
  • Improved sleep
  • Stronger bones and muscles
  • Improved mood
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased confidence

Physical activity causes the brain to release endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that help to fight against pain and stress.

Regular exercise also helps to strengthen the heart, other muscles, and bones. Moreover, 45-60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise each day can increase weight loss.

It is essential for families to begin making exercise a daily routine and turning exercise into a social activity can help boost motivation. Having a workout partner, signing your child up for a team sport, or setting long-term goals are great strategies for motivating you and your family to engage in frequent exercise.

If your family needs further persuasion to put aside an hour each day for physical activity, just remind yourself of the many benefits of exercise.

Do you have concerns or questions about how exercise can better your mental health? At Georgetown Psychology Associates, we offer a broad range of services aimed to support you and your family.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a therapist or an evaluator. We look forward to providing you with individualized and high-quality care.