How does working out improve mental health?


For example today i was feeling kinda anxious and as soon as i lifted the first weight everything seemed to just disappear. I get it makes me physically healthier but now does it make me happier?

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Part of it is physiological – working out releases endorphins, which are your brain’s natural “feel good” chemicals.

Part of it is psychological – working out gets your mind focused on the workout, which can help alleviate symptoms of depression or anxiety.

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Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins make people happy. Happy people don’t just shoot their husbands.

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For me, I stop thinking about the thing bothering me, or I work it out in a way that I wouldn’t have, had I not been moving.

Also, if you set a goal, like “do 100 push ups today” you not only have the health benefits of doing the push ups, you feel good about yourself. You kept your word, so are a good person. And you set a goal and achieved it, so you’re successful.

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To add on others: IMO we are programmed like animals:


Our society does not provide an instant action for everything. Sometime we are “problem->hold->hold more” and you get easily to points where you have 10-100 unsolved, on hold problems. Doing something physical does give a false sense of action, that relieves the stress of being on hold.