Hello EverProven Community,
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here at EverProven, we not only care about your physical health, but also your mental health and well-being.
We often hear about the physical benefits of exercise, but less often are the psychological benefits promoted. Engaging in a moderate amount of physical activity will result in improved mood and emotional states. Exercise can promote psychological well-being as well as improved quality of life. Any form of activity and exercise can help mental health conditions and diagnoses.
Research has shown that exercise is an effective, but often underused, treatment for mild to moderate depression. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body.
The following are common psychological benefits gained through exercise:
- Improved mood
- Reduced stress
- Increased ability to cope with stress
- Improved self-esteem
- Pride in physical accomplishments
- Increased satisfaction with oneself
- Improved body image
- Increased energy
- Improved confidence in your physical abilities
- Decreased symptoms associated with depression
How much exercise is needed to produce those effects?
- Even a brief walk at low intensity can improve mood and increase energy. As little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise can have a positive effect
- For long-term benefits, you should exercise 3 times a week for 30 minutes per session at a moderate intensity
- Programs longer than 10 weeks work best for reducing symptoms of depression
To put it all together: keep showing up, lift those weights and get after that metcon! If there’s a time you can’t get to the gym, even a brisk walk or run will boost your mood and have a positive effect! We’re always here to talk and help you through any obstacle.
Break the stigma! Spread awareness!