Physical exercise? What does that have to do with my mental health? We all know, for a healthy body we need exercise, but can exercise help with a healthy mind too?
Of course, it can!
Doing any aerobic activity such as walking, jogging, cycling or just hitting the weights goes a long way towards lifting your mood.
Generally being inactive may lead to the development of depressive symptoms. People who are inactive are up to twice as likely to have depressive symptoms than active people.
But not only that, regular exercise can go a long way in reducing your chances of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 40%.
So, how does physical activity help with my mental health?
Exercise not only appears to reduce the symptoms of depression, it also reduces the risk of becoming depressed at all. It helps improves self-esteem, coping skills and cognitive functioning. It also releases endorphins which leaves you feeling gooood!
The intensity and length of exercise is less important than how often we exercise. Frequent light or moderate-intensity activity has been shown to improve our mood and helps in reducing mental strain.
It doesn’t have to be so hard.
It turns out 20 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise like walking jogging, cycling can leave you feeling good.
Get outside! Outdoor exercise leaves you more revitalized, more energetic and engaged. It also reduces anger and helps reduce depressive symptoms.
So, it turns out that exercise is good for your mental wellbeing. All you need is 20 minutes, so get off your phones, grab your mates and go a quick lunchtime walk today.