Exercise for Mental Health
If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. Push your limits and discover what you can do. It’s time to get strong, get fit, and live well.
What is Mental Health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood
Factors Contributing to Mental Health Problems
- Biological Factors
- Life Experiences
- Family History
Early Warning Signs
> Eating or sleeping too much/too little
> Pulling away from people and usual activities
> Having low or no energy
> Feeling numb or like nothing matters
> Having unexplained aches and pains
> Feeling helpless or hopeless
> Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
> Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
> Yelling or fighting with family and friends
> Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
> Having persistent thoughts and memories you can't get out of your head
> Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
>Thinking of harming yourself or others
> Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
Sitting Disease AKA Sedentary Lifesyle
What you should know:
The definition of sedentary is when you have little to no physical activity throughout your day. You mainly spend the day sitting or laying down with little to no movement on your part. By being sedentary, you gain weight since you are not moving much or at all. Since you rarely move throughout your day, you can lose muscle strength and any endurance that you had built up at the point. By some degree, your bones can get weaker and you may even lose some of the minerals in your bones. Your immune system get affected as well, your blood circulation may not be functioning as well as it should, you can also develop a hormonal imbalance, and many other negative side affects that are not good for one’s health and body.
By leading a sedentary lifestyle, you are hurting yourself more than you would think. You increases your chances of dying prematurely. You do not have to get a gym membership to become active and change your lifestyle and you certainly do not have to exercise every day of the week. By simply moving around more in your home or at work, you can decrease your chances of premature death. If your job is near your house, consider walking to work or riding a bicycle but if your work is farther than that, then chose to park a little father from the entrance to get those few extra steps in. Use the stairs to get to your designated floor instead of using the elevator. If you have a dog, take your dog on a walk and change up the routine a little so it doesn’t become predictable or boring. There are little ways that you can change your sedentary lifestyle that can help you lead a better and longer life.
- Heart diseases that include heart attacks and coronary heart diseases
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol Levels
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Certain cancers like colon cancer and for women, breast and uterine cancers
- Your mood can be altered and you can feel depressed or have anxiety
Have you ever wondered why your physician asks how active you are? Or recommends exercise? It’s because exercise is beneficial not only for the obvious physical changes, but for your mental health as well. It has been proven to reduce stress, improving alertness, and even just enhancing your overall cognitive function. Just like your heart needs exercise, so does your brain. Scientists have proved that consistent daily exercise (aerobic) has decreased tension, improve your sleep, improve your mood, and even improve your self-esteem
Benefits of Exercise
Exercise does not only help improve your self esteem and outward appearance, but also helps our mental health as well. Evidence has shown that exercising helps improve symptoms of depression, reduce anxiety, and improvement on your mood as well and be able to focus on tasks that you have set out to do. Exercise can also improve your sleeping habit and aid in stress relief. Exercise can increase your endurance in your work place, have more energy and stamina throughout your day. Exercise reduces your blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels and improve your cardiovascular system.