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Workouts For Your Mental Health
Regular exercise is beneficial to weight loss, muscle tone, and good cardiovascular health. It is also increasingly more evident that the benefits of exercise extend to good mental health. Whether you are simply feeling a bit stressed or are suffering from a more serious mental health issue, even modest amounts of exercise can make a difference. Engaging in cardiovascular exercises can create new brain cells and increase levels of BDNF, a brain-derived protein that is believed to help with decision making, higher thinking, and learning. Physical activity reduces stress, releases endorphins (those morphine-like chemicals that our body produces to relieve pain and trigger positive feelings), and improves self-confidence.

If you are suffering from mental stress or disease with it's time to get moving.

Find a workout that is enjoyable, and spend time engaging in it. Here are some workouts that can help get you on the path towards positive mental health.

Walking

Walking is a simple, and accessible activity. It is a good way to get started on an exercise program. This low-intensity aerobic exercise can encourage positive thoughts and improve your alertness. Even a short walk of 15 minutes can offer benefits, particularly when you walk in nature where you can enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery.

Yoga

Yoga is a series of physical movements that has a meditative and spiritual component. These gentle stretching movements can soothe the body and mind. Yoga can be helpful for getting in touch with yourself and providing a time of focus and meditation. The series of movements connect breath with the body that helps to establish a mind-body connection.

Swimming

Swimming is a low-impact, non-weight bearing option for exercise. For those who enjoy the water and find its benefits to be soothing, this is a perfect activity to enhance good mental health. Swimming can improve your sleep pattern, as well as raise your mood and lower your anxiety.

Cycling

Outdoor cycling and spin classes are a popular workouts. The benefits are uplifting as this sport can push you to new physical limits. Cycling can increase energy as you awaken different muscles than those used in running or walking. Some spin classes also use visualization and music to aid your workout.

Dance

There is nothing like moving to the beat of music to get your body in rhythm. As you lose yourself in the music your self-esteem will increase, and you will experience feelings of freedom and release. Barre classes are excellent for improving posture, which can lead to better self-esteem. Attending a class, whether for dance or other activities, helps you find community which can be emotionally supportive and encouraging.

Your mental health is always changing.

There are many factors and events that cause the ebb and flow of your life to swing out of balance and cause anxiety or depression.

One of the best ways to help you during times of mental distress is to get up and get moving.
Regular exercise is beneficial to weight loss, muscle tone, and good cardiovascular health. It is also increasingly more evident that the benefits of exercise extend to good mental health.

Whether you are simply feeling a bit stressed or are suffering from a more serious mental health issue, even modest amounts of exercise can make a difference. Engaging in cardiovascular exercises can create new brain cells and increase levels of BDNF, a brain-derived protein that is believed to help with decision making, higher thinking, and learning. Physical activity reduces stress, releases endorphins (those morphine-like chemicals that our body produces to relieve pain and trigger positive feelings), and improves self-confidence.

If you are suffering from mental stress or disease with it's time to get moving.

Find a workout that is enjoyable, and spend time engaging in it. Here are some workouts that can help get you on the path towards positive mental health.

Walking

Walking is a simple, and accessible activity. It is a good way to get started on an exercise program. This low-intensity aerobic exercise can encourage positive thoughts and improve your alertness. Even a short walk of 15 minutes can offer benefits, particularly when you walk in nature where you can enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery.

Yoga

Yoga is a series of physical movements that has a meditative and spiritual component. These gentle stretching movements can soothe the body and mind. Yoga can be helpful for getting in touch with yourself and providing a time of focus and meditation. The series of movements connect breath with the body that helps to establish a mind-body connection.

Swimming

Swimming is a low-impact, non-weight bearing option for exercise. For those who enjoy the water and find its benefits to be soothing, this is a perfect activity to enhance good mental health. Swimming can improve your sleep pattern, as well as raise your mood and lower your anxiety.

Cycling

Outdoor cycling and spin classes are a popular workouts. The benefits are uplifting as this sport can push you to new physical limits. Cycling can increase energy as you awaken different muscles than those used in running or walking. Some spin classes also use visualization and music to aid your workout.

Dance

There is nothing like moving to the beat of music to get your body in rhythm. As you lose yourself in the music your self-esteem will increase, and you will experience feelings of freedom and release. Barre classes are excellent for improving posture, which can lead to better self-esteem. Attending a class, whether for dance or other activities, helps you find community which can be emotionally supportive and encouraging.

Your mental health is always changing.

There are many factors and events that cause the ebb and flow of your life to swing out of balance and cause anxiety or depression.

One of the best ways to help you during times of mental distress is to get up and get moving.


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