30 Minutes for Mental Health
Feeling cold and blue with the winter weather? Did you know that 30 minutes of exercise could help? Many people report a lack of time and energy to engage in daily movement or physical activity, but investing 30 minutes daily in moderate physical activity can decrease depression, stress and anxiety. Most of all it will improve your quality of life! Exercise increases blood circulation to the body and brain, including areas of the brain that control the release of stress hormones. Incorporating daily physical activity will help to manage daily stresses and any unexpected stressors that may arise.
Our health is comprised of different aspects-adequate sleep or rest, movement or physical activity, nutrition, our living environment, and mental/spiritual/emotional support. The World Health Organization has defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” When one area of our health is compromised, the others are affected. In fact, poor mental health is a risk factor for chronic physical conditions, can affect the way we experience pain, and can limit how our body heals. Taking care of our bodies through physical activity is a simple way to support the other aspects of our whole-body health.
What types of exercise are considered moderate? Brisk walking, light jogging, swimming, cycling, yoga, and dancing are all excellent. Focus on what makes you feel good. Being active should be enjoyable, not a task or chore. The gym is not for everyone, but your body was designed for movement. Find what activity fits your lifestyle and can easily be added to your daily routine. If you find it challenging to stay motivated, having a partner or friend to participate in exercise with can help by providing a support system. If you are interested in trying a new activity, ask your chiropractor for helpful advice or specific exercises for you.
Your chiropractor helps you move well so you can move often!
If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues, speak to your chiropractor, family physician, or for more information, visit http://ontario.cmha.ca.