The body’s physical and mental health is interconnected and cannot be separated from each other. One affects the other.
Mental and physical fatigue is linked
Researchers in Wales have found that the performance of a mentally fatigue task prior to a difficult exercise test caused participants to reach exhaustion more quickly than when they did the same exercise when mentally rested. So “resting up” and finding a peaceful mindfulness before a big physical day, is likely to help you through the day.
Keeping physically fit means keeping mentally fit
Studies found that elderly adults who are more physically fit tend to have bigger hippocampi and better spacial memory than those who are less fit. The size of the hippocampus part of the brain is thought to contribute to about 40% of the adults’ advantage in spacial memory. Keeping physically fit, means keeping mentally fit as well. Exercise is viewed as a natural antidepressant and increases activity in the hippocampus as well as in the frontal lobes, releases endorphins in the body and increases the production of certain types of neurotransmitters that improve a person’s mood. Besides being an antidepressant and mood enhancer, exercise has many other benefits ensuring a happier person overall.
Exercise is a great way to reduce stress after a long, difficult day. Being in a better physical condition can make a person look and feel more attractive. It will also help to reduce chances of developing diseases, such as any number of heart problems, cancers or diabetes, which can have a negative impact on a person’s mental health as well.
Why bother with exercise?
To function optimally your body needs regular exercise – most of us feel good when we are more active. In Western societies so much is done by machines. We drive cars and walk less, at work we may not even have to move around the office – we sit behind the computer all day!
How can I be more active?
You do not have to run around a track or go to the gym every day!
If medical problems stop you from doing one thing, there may be something else you can do.
What happens if you don’t do very much?
The less you do, the more likely you end up with:
If you keep active you are:
Get started by building a bit more physical activity into your daily life. Even a small change can boost your morale and give you a sense of achievement.
Why does exercise work?
How much exercise is enough for me?
How do I care for my physical as well as emotional health?
Total health depends on a healthy mind and body. Take time to nurture both.
Article written by: Elsabe Rheeders
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