Presented as a service to our local communities from Bristol Total Fitness personal trainer Tammy Bettencourt,
We’ve all heard (like a thousand times) that exercise is good for your body. What you may not know, is that exercise is just as great for your brain. Exercise can help improve your sleep, boost your mood, and help alleviate symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety.
Mental health issues, including their contributors like lack of sleep and stress, have been brought to the forefront of our culture due to a variety of reasons (don’t worry I won’t bore you with the list) and know that there are things you can do starting today.
Exercise and Sleep
Having trouble falling asleep or getting good nigh restt? Exercise can help.
Exercise and Depression
According to a study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour relieved depression symptoms, reduced the risk of major depression and more.
Exercise fights depression by:
Exercise and Stress, Anxiety & Mood
According to John J. Ratey MD, associate clinical professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, “Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment…Lacing up your sneakers and getting out and moving may be the single best nonmedical solution we have for preventing and treating anxiety. “
Reported by the ADAA, psychologists studying how exercise relieves anxiety and depression suggest that a 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout. Some studies show that exercise can work quickly to elevate depressed mood in many people.
Remember, think small and you’ll be on your way to exercising your way to both a healthy body and mind.
They say health is wealth and at Bristol Total Fitness we agree. With our strong values about healthy living, we want everyone to have an opportunity to be part of our community and live their best life at any age.
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