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The Best Physical Exercises for Your Mental Health

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It’s no secret that staying fit is good for your body. But working out doesn’t just help tone and strengthen your body; it can have a mighty impact on your mind as well. The American Psychological Association suggests that exercise can contribute to mental health by increasing serotonin and positively stimulating proteins to support growth and mirror the effects of antidepressants. Regular exercise can also help regulate sleep for mental development and overall health.

Check out these exercises to stay on top of your mental health and work through issues like anxiety and depression:

Running

One of the most budget-friendly workouts, running is an age-old way to improve your mental and physical health. You’ve probably heard of the “runner’s high,” a natural alternative to the damaging effects of chasing euphoria from substances. This endorphin-releasing activity enables you to get fit while relaxing your mind and focusing on personal distance or speed goals — or simply moving for fun. Plus, running outdoors can connect you with nature in ways that can both calm and comfort you. Sign up for a 5K race, or just jog a mile at the gym to get those endorphins pumping and potentially ward of issues like depression and anxiety.

Walking and Hiking

Like running, walking regularly can help improve your overall health. The Fitbit-induced walking craze isn’t just a trend, though. Walking and hiking can help you refocus your thoughts and realign with what’s really important. A study published in 2015 touts the additional benefits of nature walks, as participants displayed decreased anxiety and increased positivity after spending 50 minutes walking outdoors. If you’re looking to destress, a daily walk through the park or the woods can help you shift gears.

Dancing

While you might not think getting your groove on is a way to exercise, it’s a bonafide workout that can make you feel lighter on your feet, and enlighten your mind. Memorizing dance routines or trying new steps can help keep your mind sharp, while the physicality can release endorphins for positivity and excitement. Dancing can also connect you with others to build emotional and mental relationships. Whether you’re boogying solo or waltzing with a partner, dancing is a great way to build yourself up while you’re showing off your moves.

Yoga

Walk down any fitness aisle at the store and you’re sure to find a collection of yoga mats. This now-mainstream practice is good for your body and mind. Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers like the The Recovery Village Palmer Lake in Colorado use holistic therapies like yoga to help clients overcome substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. This exercise helps you develop a relationship with yourself by understanding how small and large movements impact your body. One of the most dynamic aspects of yoga is the concentration on breathing. This technique is also helpful for calming nerves and balancing your mental health.

Swimming

Remember when endless hours of splashing around in the pool defined your childhood? Those carefree days and asking for “just five more minutes” don’t have to be summertime memories. Getting in a few laps at the community pool or practicing your strokes in the backyard pool is a low-impact way to stay fit and focused on the positive. Because you have to focus on your breathing while swimming, it’s an opportunity to practice mindfulness, which is great for quelling anxiety and getting in tune with your body and mind.

This list of exercises is far from extensive. Maybe biking helps you clear your mind. Or perhaps tennis is your top stress-relieving activity. No matter what you choose to do to keep your mind and body fit, maintaining a routine is the first step to ensuring you keep your mental health in check. By regularly exercising and keeping fit, you can help curb issues like depression, minimize anxiety, and work toward a broader understanding of self for a healthier life.
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  1. I have been super into yoga the past few years and it has made a huge difference in my energy levels! (And anxiety!) XO

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  2. This is super helpful. I'm gonna share it on my blog's FB page!

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  3. my choices of exercise are swimming, dancing, walking and hiking. Its important that you enjoy the exercise so it won't lead to stress but a joyful fitness.

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  4. Running and dancing are probably my two favorites. There really is nothing like the runners high.
    Angela

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  5. I hate running but I do find that mentally I always feel fresh after doing it! Maybe i should try to figure out an alternative that will give me the same feeling!

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  6. This is so true. I always find myself much calmer and more centered after a long walk or run or some yoga. Finding an exercise you truly enjoy is the key, I think, to really getting both physical and mental benefits. Exercise should not feel like a chore!

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  7. I've been practicing yoga for two years. It is bringing health, relieving stress after a day of work. Running is very suitable for those who want to lose weight safely.

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  8. I love this! Dancing is one of my favourite exercises. This is a great post

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  9. The only one that I don't do is swimming! But I can vouch for the other ones and they really do help clear your mind, relax and de-stress, especially after a stressful day :)

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  10. The one I always do is swimming -I love it. I spend at least 3 days a week at the health club swimming and really helps my mind focus x

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  11. This is so true, my mind always feels better after exercise, even if it is just a walk. I love yoga and I started Zumba last year and feel fantastic after that.

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  12. It is incredible the difference simply going for a walk can do for your mental health. I had just gotten into running before becoming pregnant last year and am hoping to pick it back up - because that was also really helpful to me!

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  13. This is so helpful! Personally I love swimming as my choice of exercise and it always seems like just fun not hard work. Shell

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  14. I love all those idea this is really helpful - music is therapy for me Dancing is definitely helping out. I want to start Yoga now :)

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  15. Its so true, exercise is amazing for mental health, I see it almost as a redmedy. I don't have depression now but I always found it made a great difference in myself. These are some awesome tips, I'd love to try yoga :)

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  16. I love yoga and dancing can be a really fun way to exercise. It's kind of sneaky since it doesn't feel like you are working out.

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  17. I definitely can attest to exercising helping to improve your mood. I’m definitely happier and more energetic when I work out. Dancing would be my favorite form of exercise :)

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  18. You’re spot on with dancing. I started last year and honestly memorizing the steps is more of a challenge than the actual dance.

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  19. I love all of these forms of exercise to make my mental health feel at its best. I recently just started running and it makes me feel so good (minus being exhausted). When I do not exercise I feel worse about myself. Thank you for sharing this.

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  20. I'm not a runner and I'll never be a runner. But I do like hiking and dancing. I used to be really into yoga, so maybe I'll get back into that.

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  21. Yoga is sososo helpful for me, both physically + mentally!!!

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  22. I really want to get back into yoga. It definitely helps and I need something to help my adhd. great post!

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  23. Every physical activity is good for mental health, but I think that dancing and swimming are the most fun I think!

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  24. Physical activity is good for mental health its very good for health tips thanks for hearing this useful physical activity tips and also health tips

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  25. Awesome tips! I always prefer to keep my body fit and this article is nicely written the benefits of it. Thanks for sharing!

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