In addition to the health benefits, you may also experience an improved lifestyle if you lose weight. People who have successfully lost weight report:2
Improved body image
Improved sex life
More active social life
While working out comes with many health and lifestyle benefits, it also boasts many mental health advantages. A 2019 scientific review determined that exercise can be as effective for treating depression as other first-line treatments and is vastly underutilized as a treatment method.3
Another 2020 article published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry explored the connection between physical activity and anxiety. Researchers found that the addition of exercise leads to an increase in self-efficacy and improves a person’s ability to feel confident in their success. Article authors also found that exercise may function as a distraction from anxiety, reducing symptoms of anxiety by helping a person focus on other actions.