DEEP HEAT | Exercise for Mental Health

Much has been proven around the benefits that exercise holds for one’s physical health – weight control, blood pressure and general cardio-vascular health to name but a few. But – the benefits of exercise on one’s mental health are as vast. It can lift one’s mood, improve your sleep and help to deal with the onset of depression, anxiety and stress.

People who exercise regularly tend to experience a general sense of well-being. Many attest to sleeping better, increased energy levels and generally feeling more relaxed and positive. Exercise has also proven to help people who suffer with depression, anxiety and ADHD.

Whilst many may believe that it is only exercise fanatics who reap the benefits, it has been proven that as little as 15-30 minutes of daily exercise can enable one to reap the benefits. Irrespective of one’s age or fitness level – you can learn how to use exercise as a powerful tool to help you deal with mental health issues, improve your energy levels and feel more positive about your life in general. 

Some facts about exercise and its influence on various mental health conditions:


Studies have shown that running for 15 minutes or walking for an hour everyday reduces the risk of major depression by up to 26%.  It helps to fight depression by bringing about all kinds of changes in the brain that, in turn, promotes feelings of calm and wellness.  It also releases endorphins in the brain that will make you feel good. It is therefore well worth it to develop a healthy habit of regular exercise should you be prone to suffering from depression.


Exercise is a natural and effective way to fight anxiety. It relieves tension and stress, thereby helping to manage one’s anxiety. The deep breathing and rhythmic movement of your body brings about relaxation and calmness.


Stress goes hand in hand and is related to anxiety and depression. Often, people showing symptoms of one will often experience symptoms of the other as well. Therefore, the release of endorphins and the relaxation effect of exercise also plays a role in the relief of stress.

Other mental health benefits associated with exercise includes a sharper memory, clearer thinking and an effective work ethic, better self-esteem, improved sleep, an increase in energy levels and a stronger immune system.

As proven above, the pros associated with regular exercise are evident with just 15 to 30 minutes a day sufficient to reap the benefits. 

Often our routines can be interrupted by sore and stiff muscles or injury.  To maintain your routine and reap the benefits of regular exercise on mental health, we need hands-on treatment.  Deep Heat Rub, Spray and Patches are great products to keep handy. Easy to apply, they have been proven effective in treating stiff and sore muscles thereby allowing you to maintain your exercise fitness and routine. 

So let us remember – a regular exercise routine = physical health + mental stability and general well-being. 

Article written by EPT – The Ultimate Sports Recovery Experts