You don’t need to run for miles or go to the gym all night to reap the many benefits of working
out and moving your body. Moving your body can be going for a half hour walk, stretching,
standing up, even just holding certain poses and practicing breathwork. When we engage in
regular light physical activity, we are more likely to continue to engage in moving our bodies
People who exercise regularly tend to experience an over-all sense of well-being. They often
sleep better, eat better, have more energy throughout the day and have a stronger sense of self-
confidence and self-worth. Regular exercise has been shown to have profound benefits on
anxiety, depression and ADHD as well.
Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant
medication, and of course, without the side effects! The reason for this is due to exercise
promoting changes in our brain including neural growth, a decrease in inflammation, and new
activity patterns that promote feelings of calmness and well-being.
Exercise is also a natural and effective anxiety treatment. Adding mindfulness elements to
moving your body or exercising is also great for anxiety as it is very grounding and can interrupt
the constant worries anxiety holds over us.
Other mental health benefits of exercise are a sharper memory, higher self-esteem, better sleep,
stronger resilience, and more energy.
Don’t have time for a full hour or half-hour work out? Who does! If you start with 5-10 minutes
of moving your body or exercise you will slowly tack on more time. Really, what you are doing
is creating a habit.