Are you aware of the psychological benefits of exercise?
A recent study shows the positive impact exercise has on our psychological well-being. Exercise is the most under-used anti depressant.
Research has shown being active for 15 mins a day and getting your heart rate 50% higher from where you started has significant benefits. It can dramatically reduce incidents of depression….whether you are experiencing a simple case of the “Monday blues” or more persistent symptoms of depression.
What a powerful and empowering notion to know you can change your mood without taking drugs. (However, I do want to acknowledge there is no question drugs have a huge benefit for some people in consultation with a professional). The simple act of staying active can have profound effects on our brains and be unbelievably productive for many.
Our bodies were designed to move and being active is going to help our brain. Exercise has shown to change brain chemicals in a positive way. Exercise promotes the release of feel-good brain chemicals. Plus being active doesn’t have to be overly strenuous. Actitivites like walking, strength training, and gardening can help boost mental health.
When you make being active your daily routine for 15 mins a day, the benefits of this daily exercise can be seen later in weeks, months, and years. It’s a long term health benefit without a doubt.
“Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do.”
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