How Exercise Can Boost Mental Health

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It will take years before we can gauge the health impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic. While the concern has been the direct impact on physical health, new data advise there has been remarkable mental and emotional health as well. The constant fear, isolation, and overall stress experienced by all of us have impacted every age group. A recent survey conducted by the Center For Disease Control found that 40% of US adults reported struggling with mental health and substance use. Many mental health agencies around the US have started to investigate effective strategies for all age groups. Experts suggest that seeking a mental health specialist is a crucial step in battling these challenges. In addition to these interventions, daily health and fitness habits have been shown to help in improving many mental health aspects such as mood, self-esteem and stress response. Exercise and Fitness has been shown to be distinvely effective. Below are some ways regular exercise has been found to improve your mood, stress response and long term mental health. Exercise Increase Serotonin a ” Feel Good Hormone” and Norepinephrine Serotonin plays a huge role in staving off anxiety and depression and is triggered by Vigorous exercise , positively impacting how you feel, think and act. Norepinephrine is hormone and a neurotransmitter that increases during exercises effectively diminishing agression and anger. Exercise Revamps The Stress Response Even though it makes us feel great, exercise is known to be a physiological stress to the human brain and body. By increasing your heart rate your a challenging every possible system in your body and you are shifting away from your biological homeostatis. This intentional stress can suppress the response to possible future stressful events. Exercise Improves Self-Esteem Regular exercise has shown to improve self-esteem especially in the young-adults population. A survey done by the CDC found that 75% of the 5,470 surveyed has shown a adverse an behavioral health symptoms. Exercises 30-60 minutes per day , 3 days per week with with a moderate intensity 75% of maximum heart rate between cardio and strength training is the minimum recommended dosage to seek benefit. How To Make Exercise a Want Instead Have to In my 20 Years of assisting people of all ages make exercise a lifestyle, I’ve found the following strategies are super helpful and motivating way to exercise. Find something fun. Choose an exercise activity that you look forward to to forced to, grab a friend a walk if you like to chat , join a fun class if you like music. You are more likely to enjoy them and eventually turn them into habits. Aim for consistency in frequency, rather than consistently and quality workouts. A key to making something a habit is putting together a chain of successes, which is, at least at first, rarely or never broken. To build a new habit in your life, you’ve got to engrave at it without interruption. Consult a Fitness Trainer. Working with Trainer is the single most effective way to turn exercise a habit, the benefits are endless, from motivation, to accountability, support , personalization and many other benefits. A training session is more than working out and stretching Your personal trainer is much more than just a fitness coach. You will spend so much time with your together that he/she can become your unofficial therapist. Yes, they are there to help you improve your health but they also there to give advices and tips about your well-being. If you want an effective fitness program improving your health and fitness please contact me here Anis Khachnaoui CES, FMS

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