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Exercise and Mental Health

We have all heard the saying that the mind and body  go together. Obviously, the brain being the command center sends out orders in the form of electrical pulses to the body to control its actions. But what happens when one part of the system isn’t working at its full capacity? Exercise can be great for both the body and the mind.

Exercise has proven to be a key and researched way of treating multiple mental health conditions such as: 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Addiction
  • Grief
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Dementia
  • Relationship problems
  • And more.

Exercise has also been proven to ease bad moods, stress, chronic pain, and chronic illnesses.

Benefits of Exercise:

Exercising does a lot of good to the body. It not only keeps your physical body healthy in the way most think of it and often are encouraged to participate in. But, there are many mental health benefits to it. Exercise releases hormones called Serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the body and brain. These hormones are key chemicals needed in the entire body to help in stabilizing and balancing the nervous system. Other positive effects are:

  • Enhanced moods
  • Enhanced energy levels
  • Reduced stress
  • Deeper relaxation
  • Improved mental clarity
  • Memory
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Improved spiritual connection
  • Improvement in relationships and social health
  • & much more

To learn more about how exercise can help combat depression and anxiety, follow the link (Mayo Clinic).

Exercise can be a free activity or hobby, you do not need to have an expensive gym membership or an entire new athleisure wardrobe. Which isn’t to say you shouldn’t if you wanted to.

An inactive life can lead to physical health problems like:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • & more

For more information about what treatment options Embracia Clinic offers or for setting up a consultation with our medical staff, follow the link.

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