Exercising For Your Mind

From Kaiser Permanete.

As a healthcare professional I like this article because I agree with its contents. Exercise improves your mood and sharpen your mind while feeling better about yourself, both in mind and body. Overall it will improve your health, maintaining your internal holistic balance. This helps you to attain inner peace which is incredibly important for your wellbeing as it can provide a sense of purpose in your life. On top of all this you will be looking and feeling good too! Managing your mental health is very important as without maintaining you run the risk of burning out and not being able to do things that you want to do in your life.

Move your body to ease your mind — 4 workouts for mental health

Most people associate exercise with physical health — but what’s good for the body is good for the mind. Regular workouts can help improve your mood, sharpen your mind, and help you feel healthier and happier overall.

Being physically active is an easy, natural way to help improve mental health — from easing symptoms of depression and anxiety to managing stress, sleeping better, and more. In fact, people who exercise have 43% fewer poor mental health days than people who don’t.1 And many people see immediate improvements in their mood after a workout.2

Even better? There are simple things you can do to maximize these mind-body benefits.

Run or walk mindfully

Next time you’re walking or running, try adding mindfulness into the mix. All you need to do is focus your mind on your physical movement and the present moment. Instead of listening to music, tune into the sound of your feet hitting the ground, or the rhythm of your breathing. And when your mind wanders, bring it back to your breath and body. One study showed that participating in both mindfulness meditation and exercise reduced symptoms of depression by 40% in just 8 weeks.3

Take it outside

When you’re feeling stressed or dwelling on negative thoughts, head for the hills. Levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, drop by more than 20% after people spend 20 to 30 minutes in nature.4 Research also shows that walking in nature can help ease symptoms of depression and anxiety — and cultivate peace of mind.5

Note: Whether you’re out for a quick walk or a long jog, remember to practice physical distancing and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on wearing cloth face coverings outdoors.

Focus on your breath

Yoga stretches the body and strengthens the core. It also places tremendous focus on deep, conscious breathing, which can help tame stress and calm the mind. Many people find that yoga helps them feel more peaceful and positive, and it’s proven to improve sleep quality and relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Even better? Most people feel better immediately following a yoga session — and with regular practice, the mind-body benefits actually increase over time.6

Now that you know how moving your body can benefit your mind, you have even more reasons to make exercise part of your healthy routine. For more mood-boosting ideas you can try right now, check out our emotional wellness tools.