Mental Health and Exercise

By Abby Derbyshire, Personal Trainer

Mental Health and Exercise

May is Mental Health Awareness month, which acknowledges that mental health is part of overall health and that we should care about that just as much as our physical health. The role that a healthy lifestyle plays on mental health is extraordinary. This includes exercise, a healthy diet and sleep.

Exercise specifically has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and negative mood while improving self-esteem and cognitive function. How many of us have felt better after a workout, even when we don’t feel like working out? It can also decrease stress levels while giving your brain a boost and who doesn’t love that! Integrating an exercise routine into your week will help alleviate some stress of all the things life throws your way. Even better, is when we pair a healthy diet with movement. About 95% of our serotonin is made in our GI tract, which means when we consume quality foods, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, our gut and brain are happy places!

If you are looking to integrate an exercise routine but don’t know where to start consider Club Greenwood Personal Training and get started today.

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