Updated: Jun 20, 2019
Everyone knows that regular exercise is good for the body. But, did you know exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health?
Studies show regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better.
Exercise is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle size. Sure, exercise can improve your physical health and your physique, trim your waistline, improve your sex life, and even add years to your life. But that’s not what motivates most people to stay active.
People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives.
And exercise is also powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges. Regular exercise promotes the production of chemicals in the brain that improve your mood and make you more relaxed. Specifically, the brain releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins throughout the body.
Now I know what you are thinking. You may not have time to go to the gym or you may not like running. Well, you are in luck, because it does't have to be hours at the gym or pounding the pavement.
It can be as simple as dancing around the kitchen after dinner while you are doing the dishes. Just hit play on the video below. This happen more often than not around our kitchen. I promise you after just 3 or 4 songs your heart will be pumping and you'll have gotten the benefits from "exercising"
You can also walk your dog. Taking Fido on a quick trip around the neighborhood not only helps you log your exercise, but can help with behavioral problems with the dog.
We all need exercise. The trick is finding something that gets your heart pumping and that you love to do. If you hate exercising then call it walking the dog, or dancing in the kitchen. But what ever you do, do something on a daily basis. You'll thank me for it latter.
Dave Quinn, CEcD is Chief Inspiration Officer for DaveQuinn247.com and President of City Services for Day One Experts, an economic development consulting firm specializing in economic development consulting to companies, communities, and organizations. If you'd like to set up a time to visit with Dave about possible speaking engagements or to find out more about becoming a member of the Day One family click here to set up a 30-minute discovery call.
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