SustainHealth: 7 Unexcepted Benefits of Exercising and Physical Fitness

SustainHealth: 7 Unexcepted Benefits of Exercising and Physical Fitness

We are sure everyone has heard how exercising can help you gain energy and of course, lose weight. Here at SustainHealth, we would like to also highlight some truly life-changing mental health benefits to exercising which should not be ignored! It’s as easy as changing that 45 mins on the cough to popping on your runners and going for a walk.

Let us explain how a little exercise could not only change your fitness but also become a solution for depression and anxiety.

1. Lose Weight
The most obvious benefit is changes or the maintenance of your physique. Put simply, if you’re happy with how you look, it may lead to you exercising more regular resulting in a boost in confidence and self-esteem.

2. Improve your mood
Studies have shown that physical activity stimulates several chemicals in your brain that allow you to feel more relaxed after a hard, and it doesn’t have to intense workouts for you to feel the effects!

3. Get more energised
Exercise sends oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and allows your cardiovascular system to work more efficiently. Effectively, when your lungs and heart work better you’ll have more sustainable energy throughout the day and a little spring in your step!

4. Sleep better
Insomnia? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep, which in turn will improve your mood during the day

5. Take your mind of negative thoughts
Using your unscheduled time for physical activity will aid in preventing negative thoughts from entering your mind. It could be as little as taking your dog for a walk and getting some fresh air to redirect your thinking in a more positive and mindful direction

6. Cope in a healthy way
Often people will turn to unhealthy habits such as drinking, watching TV, binge eating, etc when life’s challenges arise. Using exercise as a way of managing these times is a far healthier coping strategy.

7. Release happy chemicals
Chemicals called endorphins are released during exercise which helps reduce symptoms of depression. When endorphins are released in the brain, immune system chemicals that can worsen depression are reduced and body temperature increases, producing a calming effect.

SustainHealth places our candidates in some of the most remote communities in the country, we want all of our staff members to stay happy and healthy. We believe exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel good, get healthy, and have fun. Remember to consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any health concerns.

If you are interested in exploring rural and remote Australia as a nurse or healthcare professional, please reach out to our team on 02 8274 4687 or email for more information on how we can help you.