One step at a time: how to improve mental health through fitness
Mental health issues are on the rise globally, due to a complex life that has us pursue perfection in every aspect of our lives.
Cases of chronic depression and anxiety are normally treated using antidepressants and therapy, but they may have a limited effect.
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Regular exercise can treat mild to moderate depression, as good as the antidepressants.
Exercise provides us with feel-good chemicals made naturally inside our body, as the brain releases endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin.
Exercise also has a psychological benefit of making us feel great.
Using exercise as a social activity, we improve our self-esteem and get to meet new people, forming healthy and positive connections
Just by being in nature, out in the sun, doing any outdoor activity has been shown to have benefits for our mental health.
Getting out, getting your Vitamin D and some fresh air works wonders for your mood.
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... participate in 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
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It can also give you more energy, help you handle stress, and activate your mind for productive tasks – all important skills to succeed in your professional career.
Implement a workout session in your organization, such as a free cycling session every month or a discount to a yoga class.
It’s even better if you can make this physical activity a communal effort to motivate everyone to take part in strengthening their health. Workout sessions will release these happy chemicals and create a stronger bond among coworkers and make the everyday work atmosphere fun and exciting.
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