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The Importance of Exercise: Getting the Crazy Out

Updated: Jan 23

exercise for mental health

Today, I was driving down the street and saw a guy wearing a shirt that read, "I exercise to get the crazy out." And let me tell you, that statement spoke to my soul. As a counselor, I can attest to the fact that exercise is one of the best ways to keep your mental health in check.

Exercise has been scientifically proven to release endorphins, which are the feel-good chemicals in our brain. These endorphins can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. But, let's be real, sometimes we don't exercise for the health benefits. Sometimes, we exercise to simply get the crazy out. Let's face it, we all have days where we feel like we're losing our minds. Maybe it's the never-ending workload, or perhaps it's the kids who seem to be bouncing off the walls. Regardless of the cause, sometimes we just need to release some of that pent-up energy.

That's where exercise comes in. When we exercise, we're able to release all that pent-up energy in a positive way. And let's be real, there's something incredibly satisfying about pounding the pavement or hitting the gym after a long, stressful day. Now, I know what you're thinking. "But Ryan, I hate exercise!" Trust me, I get it. Exercise isn't always the most enjoyable activity, especially if you're not used to it. But, the good news is that there are plenty of ways to make exercise more enjoyable.

For starters, find an exercise routine that you enjoy. Maybe it's hiking, dancing, or swimming. Whatever it is, find an activity that makes you feel good. And if you're still struggling to get motivated, try incorporating some humor into your exercise routine. For example, try doing some silly dance moves while you're jogging, or sing along to your favorite cheesy '80s song during your workout. Laughing and having fun while you exercise can make all the difference.

So, whether you're exercising to get the crazy out, or just trying to improve your mental health, remember that exercise is one of the most effective ways to do so. And who knows, you might even find that you enjoy it. So, go ahead, get your sweat on, and get the crazy out!


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