Exercise As Therapy

”The benefits of exercise are well-known and widely accepted. Studies have shown that regular physical activity contributes to better mental health and overall wellbeing. Exercise is one of the most effective forms of therapy, as it has been proven to reduce stress, improve cognitive function, enhance moods, and provide a variety of other psychological benefits.

As an individual who is looking for ways to improve their mental health or manage symptoms associated with anxiety or depression, you should consider exercise as a form of therapy. It can help you by providing an outlet for your stress while giving your body essential nutrients required for good brain functioning — releasing endorphins which make us feel better in general — plus it provides tangible goals that may be reached within set time periods (a week/month/year) allowing us the opportunity for accomplishment in life, thus boosting our self-esteem and confidence, which will then contribute further towards improved mental states and emotional equilibrium overall.

While there are many beneficial aspects associated with exercising regularly, it’s important to start slowly. The intensity level should depend on several factors such as your current fitness level, any pre-existing injury concerns, age, etc. In addition, if you find yourself struggling physically due to having recently started exercising, you mustn’t give up. Rather than pushing too hard too soon, you can take more rest days between sessions or modify intensity levels accordingly, whilst still striving towards those end goals we spoke about earlier. 😉

Additionally, when training at home, always keep safety first — so ensure adequate space and appropriate equipment, and seek professional advice before starting out if need be! As far as choosing what sort of activity suits best, this really depends on personal preference, but popular choices include running/jogging, walking, swimming, etc. Some may also decide they prefer yoga or strength conditioning exercises using weights (although moderating weight-lifting activities initially is normally wise). Whatever mode you choose, don’t forget that much easier, healthier lifestyle changes become when shared with family members, friends, etc. so why not encourage them along? Doing so could add extra motivation into the mix, and our results would likely benefit from additional support. 🙂

Finally, remember that even just adding small amounts of movement into your daily routine helps — taking the stairs instead of the lift here, going for a bike ride there — these little things all add up over time, making a big difference! Plus, exploring various options means never getting bored or stuck maintaining the same repetitive task day after day, which could easily lead to burnout. So again, try to switch things around every once in a while, enabling both your mind and body to stay fresh and active. 🙂

All said and done, no matter what type you choose, one thing is clear: engaging in regular physical activities makes a tremendous contribution towards a healthy, balanced lifestyle! The effects are often immediate, making it a worthwhile endeavour for everyone involved.”

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Guest Post by Stephanie Hampton