Mental Health & Exercise

Are you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, hopeless, or in pain?

Mental health is an important part of your physical health and personal well-being, and regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health.

Did you know?

  • Studies have found that a good exercise routine can manage or treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication (without the side effects)

  • It can manage anxiety through release of endorphins

  • Manage stress, exercise can relax and relieve muscle tension

  • Outdoor exercise and activities such as hiking, biking or skiing have been shown to reduce symptoms of PTSD

  • Exercise can also help with memory, sleep, self esteem, and energy

Tips:

  • Start slow, do a little bit at a time, even 5 to 10 minute rounds of exercise at a time counts. Increase intensities at your own pace

  • Moderate intensity is enough, you don’t need to be pushing to your absolute limits. Try to reach to a point where you are breathing heavier, can still talk, but probably can’t sing

  • Make exercise a social activity. Exercising with someone will make exercising more fun and enjoyable, it can also help motivate you to stick to a workout routine

If you need help getting started, book an appointment online with a Kinesiologist or Physiotherapist, no referral necessary. Not sure where to begin? Give us a call and let us guide you.

References:
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/the-mental-health-benefits-of-exercise.htm/