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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2018 9:45 am

Have you ever thought of mental benefits from exercise? Everyone knows that regular exercise is good to keep the body healthy, but did you know that regular exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health? People who exercise regularly can have a profound positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD and more. It can also help relieve stress, improve memory, aid in sleeping better, and boost your overall mood. The best part is that only modest amounts of exercise can make a difference in your overall mental outlook.

The physical benefits of exercise are awesome, but the mental benefits are what keep people going. The enormous sense of well-being that one gets from exercise is incredible. The factors that contribute to this sense of well-being are the energy that you have throughout the day, sleeping better at night, contributing to better memory and the feeling of being more relaxed and positive about life.

Regular exercise is a powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges. Exercise has been shown to help treat mild to moderate depression without the side effects; endorphins are released to the brain, making you feel good and energetic. Exercise is a great tool to break away from negative thoughts of depression, focusing on the positive. It is also a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment because it relieves stress. While exercising, focus on your body and how it feels as you exercise. This will add the mindfulness element and detour the worries running through your head, improving your physical condition faster.

We have all felt stress sometime in our life. Stress can create tense muscles especially through our face, neck and shoulders in which leads to pain in the body. Stress can also lead to insomnia, heartburn diarrhea and much more. These physical symptoms cause worry and discomfort in your body that can create additional stress in the body and continue the cycle. The good news is that exercise can break the cycle. In addition to releasing those amazing endorphins, it can relax the muscles and relieve tension from the body. The body and mind are closely linked and when your body feels better, your mind will also.

Physical activity is a key component, aiding in our ability to focus and concentrate. Immediately through physical activity we can boost the brain’s dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels, which in turn reduces the symptoms of ADHD and improve motivation, concentration, memory and mood.

Reaping the mental health benefits of exercise is easier than you might think. Even just a few minutes of moderate exercise is better than none. If you don’t have time for a 15 to 30 minutes of exercise. Try as little as 5 to 10 minute sessions and increase your time slowly. The key is to commit to exercise. As it becomes a habit, you will naturally add more time and various activities will interest you. If you keep at it, the benefits of exercise will definitely begin to payoff.

We at the Wellness Center at Bayside are here for you. We are equipped with the resources you need to begin your journey to healthier you. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 409-267-3700. The Wellness Center at Bayside is here to “Add Life To Your Years, And Years To Your Life.”

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