When making a healthy lifestyle change, most of us focus on our appearance and weight loss. It isn’t often that we focus on the mental health benefits of a new exercise routine. Inline skating can help you make a long-term change that contributes to your emotional wellbeing in a variety of ways. Inline skating is a fun and enjoyable activity!
Giving yourself the time to have fun can reduce stress, which reduces cortisol levels in the brain, which has been shown to have beneficial effects with issues like depression and anxiety. Inline skating is also an excellent way to get social, which has proven benefits for mental health.
In today’s world, we are constantly put under a lot of stress. There is the stress of work, of paying bills, of maintaining your lifestyle. Studies show that those in Western societies are far more stressed than they should be! Mental health problems like depression and anxiety are on the rise. You can be experiencing these difficulties even if you haven’t had a diagnosis, and inline skating can help.
Inline skating is unique as an exercise in that it is fun! Zooming down the sidewalk, curving around some cones, getting your blood pumping are all things that excite your body and mind. The air blowing in your face and through your hair is invigorating! While inline skating, try not to constantly focus on your weight loss, your caloric expenditure, or your heart rate.
These things are important, but more important than anything is giving yourself permission to enjoy yourself and have some serious fun! Allow the wind to blow thoughts of work right out of your head. Give yourself the time to truly relax and enjoy yourself, and your mental health will reap the benefits.
What does it mean to “improve your mental health”? Sure, improving your mental health decreases stress, anxiety, and depression, but what does this mean? Improving these aspects of your thought process means that you are gradually changing your outlook on life. Giving yourself time to have fun helps you to put in perspective the things that are important to you.
It helps you to better classify events, so that a lightly distressful event is no longer “the end of the world” and taking time to yourself is no longer selfish. Giving yourself time to have fun and reconnect with yourself gives you the opportunity to better understand yourself. This can boost your self-esteem and overall enjoyment with life!
Using inline skating a social experience can also reap these positive benefits. Connecting with friends and family is a great way to feel better about, well, everything. Studies show that strong interpersonal relationships are vital to good mental health. Use this as an opportunity to strengthen the relationships you already have and even build new ones!
Having good mental health can have surprising benefits for your life. Those with better mental health often have lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and even autoimmune disease. A better mental health is linked to reduce risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia later in life. Your mental health plays a key role in how you experience life! When making an overall health change, mental health is key.
Do not overlook your mental health when beginning this journey. It’s okay to say that this journey is about you. It’s okay to take time to yourself to skate, and it’s okay to enjoy it and let go. Allow the wheels to roll you on to your happy place! Pick a scenic place to skate and take this as an opportunity to reconnect with nature. Breathe in that fresh air and relax!