Do you exercise? Does the word make you cringe? Perhaps you go for a brisk walk every day! No matter where you are on the spectrum, I would like to encourage you to start moving a few times a week and to try to get a little “exercise” in your routine.
Exercising is an amazing event. Not only does it help work out muscles in your body like your legs, arms and heart, it also has emotional benefits!
Aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming or riding a bike have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression. How does this happen? It is thought it is because there is an increase in blood flow to your brain as well as a reaction with your “stress” center in the brain…a good reaction!
Some additional benefits of exercise include social interaction and distraction. When you want to go for a walk, run, or ride, call a friend or neighbor and ask them to join you. During your time of exercise together you will be amazed how conversation tends to flow make you feel connected. There are also exercise classes that you can take at local gyms, YMCA locations or studios such a yoga studios. These are all great places to connect with others.
Here are some additional benefits of exercise:
- Better and more improved sleep
- Enhanced endurance
- Relief of stress
- Improvement in mood
- Increased energy
- A reduction in being tired that can boost mental alertness
- Potential weight reduction
If you have any questions about exercise and its benefits in your life specifically, or any concerns that you might be dealing with in life that is not allowing you to exercise or enjoy activities of daily life, please call us today. We would be happy to speak further with you!
**Please note: This content should not be taken as an official diagnosis. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the topics discussed, please contact Joyce Kay Hamilton to schedule an appointment by visiting http://joycekayhamilton.com/contactappointment/ or calling 214-823-2861.