I recently read several good articles focusing on the mental health benefits of exercise and thought I’d share some of them with you.
Exercise can ease or eliminate ADHD symptoms.
“Think of exercise as medication,” says John Ratey, M.D., an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “For a very small handful of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD ADD), it may actually be a replacement for stimulants, but, for most, it’s complementary — something they should absolutely do, along with taking meds, to help increase attention and improve mood.”
Exercise can help ward off Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“Scientists have long known that exercise can help stave off cognitive decline. Over the past decade evidence has mounted suggesting that this benefit is even greater for those at higher genetic risk for Alzheimer’s.”
Exercise is one of the best ways to protect against dementia in later life and the earlier you start, the greater the effect, research suggests.
Exercise can ease depression and anxiety symptoms.
The links between anxiety, depression and exercise aren’t entirely clear — but working out and other forms of physical activity can definitely ease symptoms of anxiety or depression and make you feel better. Exercise may also help keep anxiety and depression from coming back once you’re feeling better.
Exercise helps boost your overall mental health.
Physical activity is also good for your mental health. Experts believe that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can also boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better.
Hm, I think I’ll find my running shoes and walk briskly around the block a time or two.
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