While we are spending more time at home, be sure to stay active. Exercise and physical activity benefits your health and mental wellness. Regular exercise improves flexibility and balance while building muscles and bones. Exercise also releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that will enhance your mood. Plus exercise has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels.
How Your Mental Health Reaps the Benefits of Exercise
Sarah Gingell Ph.D.
Rates of depression and anxiety are at their highest recorded levels in countries as diverse as India, China, the U.S., and the UK. Undoubtedly, many aspects of "modern life"—increasing social isolation, poor diets, a focus on money and image—contribute to this state. However, inactivity is another key factor.
Doctors Need to Focus Less on a Patient’s Weight: Extra pounds can lead to health problems, but dwelling on fat itself can increase stigma and shame
But many conversations around weight have become a hindrance, not a help, in the campaign to make people healthier. Doctors' recommendations to drop pounds are still extremely common, even though using body size as a one-size-fits-all proxy for health can obscure the complexity of an individual's particular physiology.
How to Boost Your Willpower to Help Make Healthy Choices Easy
American Heart Association
Did you know willpower can get used up, making it harder to make healthy choices? Don't worry, we've got science-based ways to support and strengthen your willpower and increase your ability to resist temptation. Crush those junk food cravings and win the battle of will vs. want with these tips.
Whatever your feelings are regarding the treadmill, there are many benefits and great workout options for this calorie-torching piece of equipment. This treadmill training plan takes advantage of these benefits.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends 30 minutes of physical activity a day for adults, 60 minutes for children, at least five days a week. Sound daunting? It's much easier than you think, regardless of your current activity level.
If you're not an athlete or serious exerciser — and you just want to work out for your health or to fit in your clothes better — the gym scene can be intimidating and overwhelming. What are the best exercises for me? How will I find the time?
Whether you're 9 or 90, abundant evidence shows exercise can enhance your health and well-being. But for many people, sedentary pastimes, such as watching TV, surfing the Internet, or playing computer and video games, have replaced more active pursuits.
Small steps that get your family to move more can help all of you maintain a healthy weight. Choose a different tip each week for you and your family to try. See if you or they can add to the list. Here are a few:
The power of a good, brisk walk is a great starting point if you’re looking to improve your health. It offers numerous health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease, lower body mass index and waist circumference, just to name a few. Walking is also the easiest form of exercise you can do — all you need to get started is a good pair of walking shoes.