Exercise for your Mind, Body and Spirit

Exercise has great benefits for your physical health - it can strengthen your muscles, improve your cardiovascular system, and reduce your risk of diseases like stroke and diabetes. But, did you know that exercise can have benefits for your mental health too?

Why exercise lifts your mood

Exercise causes your brain to release chemicals including endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals all work together to make you feel good. In addition to the chemical changes in your brain, exercising can lead to a feeling of accomplishment and relaxation of your muscles, also helping you feel good. 

Exercise and depression

Exercise on it’s own is not a cure for depression, but research has shown it can be as effective as medication for mild to moderate depression. In fact, the most commonly prescribed antidepressants are SSRI drugs, which work by increasing the amount of serotonin in your system. As mentioned above, exercise also increases the amount of serotonin in your system, so the effect on depression shouldn’t be a surprise. 

Make time for yourself

Many people believe they are “too busy” for exercise. Being “too busy” for something really just means that you’re prioritizing something else above it. By placing exercise high on your priority list, you’re prioritizing yourself. This is a great way to help boost your mood and your confidence, because you’re taking a portion of your day for yourself.

Choose physical activity you enjoy

While any physical activity will help release endorphins and serotonin, choosing something you enjoy can help boost your mood even further. In addition, by using physical activity that’s fun for you, you’ll be more likely to be consistent. Consistently exercising is important for getting the most benefit out of it. 

 

COVID 19 and Exercise and New Aches, Pains and Stiffness

In the midst of the stress and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have committed to exercise to improve their health, and help cope with the stress, anxiety and uncertainty that we are all experiencing. For many individuals, this means you have taken on a new exercise program and maybe you have rushed into it too quickly and now you have new aches, pains and stiffness. You feel frustrated as you’re trying to improve your health and now you have new aches and pains.  At Britt Zink Physical Therapy Services we can help you with these aches and pains and help design an exercise program that is right for your condition, your schedule, your goals and interests.

 

Ready to get help with your aches and pains?  Contact us today