THE MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF EXERCISE
While physical exercise is known to be good for your body, it also can help your mind. Research continues to validate that exercise can improve mental health by reducing anxiety, depression and a negative mood. When you include exercise as part of your everyday routine, you’ll be reaping both physical and mental well- being benefits.
This article explores the connection between your body and mind and the mental health benefits of physical activity.
People who exercise regularly often report having better mental and emotional well-being. Consider the following mental health benefits of exercise:
Any movement helps since physical activity is what can be beneficial to mental well-being. Exercise can take your mind off problems or negative thoughts by redirecting them to the activity at hand.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults get moderate-intensity aerobic activity for at least 150 minutes each week and muscle- strengthening activities two times per week. It may seem like a lot at first, but if you break it down, that’s 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week.
Even if you don’t have time for 30 minutes to exercise, find something that works for you. Any physical activity is better than none. Understandably, motivating yourself for a workout can seem more challenging if you’re battling depression, anxiety or other mental health issues. Consider these tips for incorporating exercise into your routine:
It comes down to making exercise a fun part of your everyday life so you can gain both physical and mental health benefits. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about incorporating exercise into your day.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. For further information, please consult a medical professional.
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