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You know that exercise will make you feel better, but that is not always enough when you’re stressed and tired after a long day at work, right?!? Luckily, you have come to the right place: These 12 exercise and mental health quotes will keep you motivated so you can reap all the benefits of exercise, including all the mental health benefits it provides!
To really help keep you motivated, why don’t you get the FREE Printable Exercise and Mental Health Quotes below. You can put your favourites on your wall, or inside your wardrobe, where you can see them every day, to really keep you going.
Exercise and Mental Health Quote 1:
Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states.Carol Welch
All types of movement will make you feel better, you don’t need to go to the gym or start running to experience the mental health benefits that come from exercise. Do what you love. If you want to dance, dance. If you want to play, play. If you want to climb trees, then find a tree to climb!
Exercise and Mental Health Quote 2:
I believe depression is legitimate. But I also believe that if you don’t exercise, eat nutritious food, get sunlight, get enough sleep, consume positive material, surround yourself with support, then you aren’t giving yourself a fighting chance.Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey has struggled most of his life with depression as well as living with a diagnosis of ADHD. And still, in many ways, he has thrived. Mental health is serious business and sometimes we need help by both medical professionals and medication, but there is also a lot we can do to set ourselves up for success. Exercise. Eat right. Surround ourselves with things, people and activities that are positive for us. Design a life we can’t wait to live into!
Read More: 10 Good Mental Health Habits to Start Today
Exercise and Mental Health Quote 3:
Exercise keeps me occupied, which is good for my mental health.Gail Porter
Sometimes it’s not just what exercise gives you, it’s also what it takes away. It takes away time in front of the telly or the computer. It takes away boredom and anxiety. It gives you less time to ruminate.
Exercise and Mental Health Quote 4:
Exercise also has great benefits for mental health. It releases endorphins that make you feel happy.Michelle Davis
Exercise do release endorphins (amongst other things) and the great thing is, these endorphins don’t only make you feel happy. Exercise, and specifically aerobic exercise such as walking and running that is rhythmic and repetitive is a great stress reliever and will relax your mind as well as your body. (source)
Exercise and Mental Health Quote 5:
I do have to take care of myself, not only because I’m in the movies, just for mental health reasons. I exercise for me. You know, maybe it would be nice to not have to do that in order to feel good, but I do. I feel like I have to, to feel good. To clear my head and all of that, so.Annette Bening
Annette Bening, an American actress with a long career including the leading role in American Beauty, is describing what most people who exercise regularly achieve – the feeling that exercising is something we need to feel good. However difficult it may be to start an exercise routine, the long term rewards can be phenomenal!
Exercise and Mental Health Quote 6:
Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle.Jules Robson
Self-care is not a luxury, nor is it indulgent. By taking care of yourself you become the best person you can be. Both for yourself and for others.
Exercise and Mental Health Quote 7:
I’ve run my whole life – more than exercise, for mental health.Wendelin Van Draanen
A study in 2020, which was a review of 116 studies conducted about running and mental health, suggest that running can indeed improve mood and mental health. But it also showed that running can be associated with adverse mental health, such as exercise addiction. The conclusion – as with everything, moderation is key!
Exercise and Mental Health Quote 8:
When you exercise, it increases endorphins, dopamine, adrenaline and endocannabinoid — these are all brain chemicals associated with feeling happy, feeling confident, feeling capable, feeling less anxiety and stress and even less physical pain.Dr. Kelly McGonical
Dr. Kelly McGonigal is a psychologist and author of books such as The Joy of Movement and The Willpower Instinct describes why exercise makes you feel so good. If you haven’t yet checked out her TED talk on How to Make Stress Your Friend I highly recommend it!
Exercise and Mental Health Quote 9:
Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.Unknown
Exercising for mental health is not only to reduce your risk of depression, it’s about creating a well mind, to help you have a good attitude to life, and to make you feel good in the moment, as well as long term.
Exercise and Mental Health Quote 10:
Running is not just for those who are fit and healthy and strong. Running is a life-breathe for those who struggle with physical and mental illness, self-doubt, loss, anger, regret and other unspeakable pains. Why? Because running has the power to heal, to bring perspective, to instil confidence, to restore sanity and to make us believers again. This is why I run.Susan Husband
Susan really says it all in this quote. Running, or indeed walking if you can’t run, is a great way to process, to work through thinga, to heal. Try putting away your music or podcast from time to time and just let your mind settle into the rhythm.
Exercise and Mental Health Quote 11:
I feel better in my mind when I work out. It makes everything better.Keri Russel
It doesn’t really matter how you exercise; the important thing is that you do. A healthy body promotes a healthy mind – and the other way around.
Exercise and Mental Health Quote 12:
Exercise is the most potent and underutilized antidepressant.Bill Phillips
Bill Philips is half right. According to Harvard Medical School exercise is as effective as antidepressants – in some cases. For people with severe depression however, exercise alone is not enough, but it’s a great start.
In addition to all the feel good hormones we have discussed previously, exercising over time also makes nerve cells grow and make new connection – and this improvement in brain function makes us feel better!
To start exercising when you suffer from mental health problems can feel difficult, or even impossible. Start small and start with something that you usually enjoy. For example, a friend recently told me she had got back into tap dancing! What did you use to love doing that you no longer do?
Keep reminding yourself that you will feel better from exercise, both long and short term. Downoload the free quotes abut exercise and mental health below and choose one that really inspire you. Put it somewhere when you can see it every day. Let it serve as your motivation to move better to feel better!
Exercised explains everything you have ever wanted to know about exercise:
- Why do so many of us avoid it even though we know it’s good for us?
- Is sitting really the new smoking?
- Does running ruin your knees?
- Should we do weights, cardio or high-intensity training?
- How to we make sense of the conflicting, anxiety-inducing information about rest, physical activity and exercise we are bombarded with every day?
Lieberman, professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and pioneering researcher on the evolution of human activities, approaches this exciting topic in a way that’s both entertaining, enlightening and constructive. A must read for anyone trying to figure out how best to exercise.
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