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Physical Fitness and Mental Health

September 27, 2019

 

"Your body is a temple" may be outdated and cliche, but when it comes to mental health, it really rings true!

 

Physical activity has been scientifically proven to help with a variety of mental health issues.

 

I know when you are deepest in your mental battles, the last thing you want to do is get up and get active, but it may be first step in getting better. 

 

 

The Science

At a bird's eye view, physical fitness is your activity level throughout the day. 


Scientists have spent centuries researching the link between being active and mental health and have discovered, like Meghan Trainor says, it's all about that brain.

 

Specifically, all about brain chemicals.

 

During physical activity your brain secretes chemicals that help regulate mood and happiness. These hormones include dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins.

 

Where to Begin


Physical fitness doesn't have to mean running for hours on the dreaded treadmill. If you'd rather not go to the gym, you can still get active.

 

Any activity that raises your heart level and requires energy is exercise.


It can be fast walking on your lunch break or rocking the stair master at the gym, whatever gets you moving.

 

Running, swimming, bicycling, or even muscle building work-outs are all great for your health. 

It's Exercise Time!

 

The recommendation for improved health is 20-30 minutes of physical activity 3-5 times a week.

 

In addition to adding exercise, whether at home or at the gym, here are some small changes you can make now to be more active. 

 

- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator

- Using a hand-basket instead of a push cart

- If possible, standing during work

- Walking during your lunch break

- Using the bathroom on the other side of the building 

- Parking your car in the farthest space from the door 

- When on the phone or watching tv, walking back-and-fourth 

 

 

Some Nice Videos

 

Note!

 

Although many doctors vouch for physical fitness in place of medication, and I as well, it still isn't an exact science, so you want to consult a physician and do what's best for you. 

 

** I am not a doctor and have no medical training, I am just using my own experiences and research to try and share what has helped with my depression in the past. 

 

 

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