PTD0216_ExerciseThough it may help you lose weight and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, exercise also benefits the mind and spirit. Did you know that regular exercise can lift your mood, fight depression, lessen anxiety and slow the cognitive decline that comes with age? The benefits of regular exercise seem endless, and we can help you enjoy these benefits.

If you are feeling down, exercise is probably the last thing you want to do. But several studies have confirmed that physical activity can

  • release endorphins and other “feel good” brain chemicals that can ease depression
  • distract you in a positive way from a cycle of negative thoughts and emotions that contribute to anxiety
  • increase positive social interaction
  • boost confidence levels

Studies have found that exercise is more than a short-term mood-lifter. Data suggest that active people are less depressed than inactive people, and that regular exercise can be a powerful intervention for those suffering from depression.

If that’s not enough motivation to be more physically active, studies have also found that sedentary people who take up a new exercise routine actually curb the rate of mental decline that comes with age. Physically active older adults have stronger recall and reasoning skills.

Though we usually associate exercise with running laps and lifting weights at a gym, you can boost your physical activity levels in many ways: Gardening, walking through your neighborhood and taking the stairs instead of the elevator are all good ways to stay active. When choosing an exercise program, make sure you find something you enjoy. And check with your physician to ensure that you are ready for a new exercise routine. 

If you want to increase your level of physical activity, call our office for an appointment. We will discuss the many benefits of exercise and work with you to design a routine that you will enjoy and that you stick with. That way, you will reap the many benefits exercise can confer on your body, mind and spirit.

February PTEDigest Includes:
Fight Back Against Rheumatoid Arthritis
Elevating Your Flatfoot
Take the Weight off Your Shoulders
Cycling Your Way to Heart Health
Body, Mind and Spirit: The Benefits of Exercise

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