How Fitness Can Improve Your Mental Health

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We’ve all been sick.

We’ve all suffered from a cold/flu that has knocked us for six or even broken a bone. Luckily, we usually know how to deal with them. Whether it’s a trip to the hospital or just a nice long Netflix binge with a cup of hot chocolate (or a glass of flat 7-up).

The positive effects of exercise on your physical well-being are well documented but did you know it can also massively affect your mental well-being?

Self Esteem

Self-Esteem is described as “an individual's overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth”.

It’s the main motivator for getting people down to the gym and in today’s world of ‘social media overload’, Instagram models and fad diets, your self-esteem can take a hit from all directions. When you persevere with your workouts and notice your body improving, you’ll also notice that you’ll have renewed confidence to take that shirtless gym selfie and a new sense of achievement. The regular exercise will make you an absolute pro at dedication and control too. These changes will filter through to your overall mental well-being and you’ll appear happier, more positive and motivated.

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This post was a collaboration with the Irish Fitness & Health website, GoFYT. Head over to their site to see the full post I wrote for them: https://gofyt.ie/blog/how-fitness-can-improve-your-mental-health

Have a great day (and go workout!),

Steven.