The short-term stress-beating, anxiety-crushing benefit of exercise can last up to 24 hours. However, studies show that there are long-term psychological benefits of working out as well. For instance …
• Research shows that consistent exercise actually speeds up your mind over time. Exercise regularly for years and how fast you think, as well as your overall brain function, improves substantially.
• People who exercise are less likely to develop dementia and other neurological disorders as they age. Your risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s also drop.
• Your memory gets better. Low to medium intensity exercise enjoyed on a regular basis can benefit long-term memory. This is just one more of many mental rewards for working out and staying fit, one that pays dividends for years and even decades.
• One piece of research looked into 24 different studies on the effects of exercise on self-control. Your ability to practice restraint and self-control improves in both short and long term when you exercise regularly.
• Children, teens and young adults that are raised to appreciate exercise do better in school.
• Exercise reduces your long-term risk of experiencing migraine headaches. It used to be that sufferers of migraines would steer clear of exercise. They didn’t want to aggravate their condition or trigger a headache. However, several recent studies show that long-term exercise can reduce lifelong migraine occurrences.
• How you see yourself, your self-image receives a psychological boost. When you work out, you build muscle and burn fat and calories. This means you begin to see wonderful physical changes in your body. This leads to long-term feelings of self-esteem and pride.