Regular exercise does more than improve your physique. According to the Mayo Clinic, breaking a sweat at a sports club or gym can also help reduce anxiety, alleviate chronic depression and boost self-confidence.
The mind and the body are not separate and distinct entities. What we commonly consider purely mental states -- happy, sad, carefree, anxious -- are also the product of complex chemical interactions in the brain. Endorphins, for example, are neurotransmitters that produce a feeling of well-being and can even function as a painkiller. The pituitary gland releases endorphins during vigorous exercise, which explains the experience of a "runner's high."
For people who suffer from chronic anxiety and depression, regular exercise has been proven to alter body chemistry in such a way as to ease symptoms and improve overall mood. According to researchers, vigorous aerobic exercise -- the kind you experience in an aerobics, kickboxing or spinning class at the sports club -- is the best kind for boosting your mood [source: Landers].
Self-confidence is a critical component in overall happiness. If you feel like you're overweight, or not looking your best physically, that can drain your self-confidence. Regular trips to the sports club, even if they don't result in dramatic weight loss, can improve your self-confidence simply by setting and reaching small goals and overcoming physical challenges [source: Mayo Clinic].
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