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Improve Your Mood with Exercise
Many of us equate exercise with physical well-being. And it is true that keeping fit does help your body. However, the connection between exercise and stress to anyone who experiences depression or anxiety is very important. The bottom line is stress makes you more venerable to being depressed and or anxious. Studies have shown that your ability to cope effectively with life's stressors will determine your mental well-being. Those who are sedentary are more likely to become stressed out by day to day hassles. Folks who do not exercise have depression 50% more than those who even exercise moderately. Every cell in your body is connected to your brain. When you physically stimulate your cells you are simultaneously boosting your brain.
Exercise alone has shown to significantly reduce sadness and anxiousness. Outcome studies demonstrated that subjects exercising improved mood as much as those on antidepressant medication. An interesting side effect of exercise is that it improves both your sleep cycle and can actually control appetite. Poor eating and disrupted sleeping are significant symptoms of depression. Another added advantage of exercise is increased positive thinking, self confidence and reaching personal goals.
Just walking minutes a day will help your mood. Anyone can become more physically active. Simply taking the stairs instead of an elevator is exercise. Many people avoid exercise because it can cause discomfort. The secret to a successful exercise program is only do as much as you can tolerate. Walk for a few minutes each day and gradually increase the time. It is essential to make time in your daily schedule for exercise. Stick with your exercise routine and notice how your mood improves. As our former First Lady, Michelle Obama has said, “Let’s Move!”. Start exercising today and feel better.