One of the best ways to improve one’s mental health is exercise. Studies show that moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day, five times a week, can treat mild to moderate depression as well as any anti-depressant medication without the side-effects. This is true no matter what your age or fitness level is.
Exercise causes your brain to release powerful chemicals called endorphins that energize and improves one’s sense of well-being and self-confidence while helping with depression and anxiety. Other benefits include a boost to your immune system, better sleep, better brain power, and better social interaction.
Some exercise is better than none! If you are not able to get five days of exercise in, do what you can to help relieve your tension and stress while you promote your physical and mental health.