TreeRunner Raleigh Adventure Park is the place to be in the Triangle this summer! Whether you are planning a team-building activity, birthday party, school field trip, or just want to get out among the treetops with your family or friends, it doesn’t matter! We’ve got over 70 exciting obstacles, ropes courses and zip lines, with three difficulty levels and seven different courses for all abilities and ages to enjoy!

However, today’s blog is not only about how wonderful our tree top adventure park is, although that is always going to be a motif of our posts! As the title already revealed, we will be exploring the mental health benefits of exercise and physical activity. If you are interested in learning a bit more about how being physically active can improve your mental health and state of mind, keep reading! This blog is for you!

What Are The Mental Health Benefits Of Exercise?

Most of us are familiar with the physical benefits of exercise, including the way it helps keep people from obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health problems. What people are less aware of is how exercise can positively impact your life in an array of interesting ways related to mental well-being.

According to the study Exercise for Mental Health, from the US National Library of Medicine, aerobic exercises have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression. The research determined that such lifts in mood have to with increased blood circulation to the brain, among other factors.

The study states that, “Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal.

Additional health benefits from regular exercise include the following, according to the same study:

  • Improved sleep
  • Weight reduction
  • Improvement in mood
  • An increase in energy and stamina
  • Stress relief
  • Better endurance
  • Increased sexual interest
  • Reduced cholesterol levels

Scientists and psychologists agree that more research needs to be performed on biological link between exercise and mood enhancement, among other benefits. Yet, generally speaking, it’s safe to say that physically active people tend to be happier than their sedentary counterparts. In an American Psychological Association story on the matter, Duke University clinical psychologist James Blumenthal, PhD, had this to say: “There’s good epidemiological data to suggest that active people are less depressed than inactive people. And people who were active and stopped tend to be more depressed than those who maintain or initiate an exercise program.

 Get Some Fresh Air & Exercise At Raleigh’s Premiere Aerial Adventure Park!

We aren’t psychologists, and neither are we trying to get you to join a gym! But we are big, big fans of getting out in nature and using our bodies to explore and adventure! If you’ve been looking for outdoor adventures in Raleigh or Durham, we are located on the David R. Kahn Jewish Community Campus in North Raleigh. We’d love to see you at our aerial adventure course so we can, *ahem*, show you the ropes! Book your aerial adventure with us today!