Health Benefits of Exercise for the Mind, Body, and Soul

For years, we’ve known that exercise is good for the body. The benefits of exercise on our health are endless. It’s good for your heart, your hormones, and can help prevent you from developing a slew of diseases down the road.

But what about exercise and mental health? Or spiritual health?

Abide Active, our newest meditative series, is just that—workouts for your mind, body, and soul. Switch up your fitness routine this week and take your meditations on the move. Download Abide now to get started.

Exercise and Mental Health

At Abide, we’re passionate about total-body wellness. Our meditations are designed to help you stress less and sleep better while growing closer in your walk with God.

With our new active series, we’ve combined exercise with meditation to provide the most benefits to your mind, body, and soul, including:

  • Improved Mood
  • More Energy
  • Better Sleep
  • Better Memory

Improved Mood

Even just a short walk around the block can make you feel better. Exercise can change the brain’s chemistry, which can help regulate stress and reduce anxiety or depression. It can also produce endorphins, or happy hormones, which make you feel good.

Think about how you feel when you first get to the gym. Maybe groggy, sluggish, and unmotivated? After a workout though, even if it was a challenging one, you probably feel energized and happier than when you walked in.

More Energy

While it may seem counter-intuitive, exercise can seriously make you less tired. Before you head out for that afternoon caffeine kick, try taking a walk. Multiple studies have found that regular exercise can significantly improve energy levels and reduce chronic fatigue (1).

Better Sleep

If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that almost 50% of all adults struggle with insomnia. While we certainly encourage adding nightly meditations to your bedtime routine, exercise is another great way to support your sleep health. Exercise can help you fall asleep fast, sleep deeper, and feel more energized the next day.

Better Memory and Brain Health

If you’re worried about your memory, start moving! Exercising regularly can help sharpen your mind as you age. When you work out, your body releases chemicals that help your brain function better.

Get Active with Abide

If you’re ready to soak in all of these benefits, start moving with Abide’s new active meditation series. Download Abide now to access all of the content to get started. We’re sharing a sneak peek of two of our favorites below.

Diving to Ascend

Meditate with us on what it means to be immersed in Jesus and delivered from our trials and temptations. Imagine, you’re diving into a pool, as you listen to this mental workout. Just as you dive into a pool, we want to dive into Jesus’ healing waters during tough times. While baptism doesn’t bring us salvation, water does have healing and cleansing power. Invite Christ to wash you anew today, in his healing water of mercy and grace. Click here to listen in-app.

Stretch Into Your Day

Just as athletes stretch to improve performance, God stretches us to get the most out of our faith. He wants us to be flexible, moldable in his hands. While he may bend you, he will never break you. God is simply stretching you to give you the strength you need to grow. Meditate on this simple truth today with us, and join us for a few stretching and breathing exercises. Click here to listen in-app.

To find more meditations for total mind and body wellness, download Abide now and get instant access to our library of 2,000+ meditations and sleep stories designed to help you be well and stress less while strengthening your relationship with God.