Everyone understands regular exercise is a necessary part of their physical health. Most doctors will recommend getting at least thirty minutes of moderately intense exercise five times a week to maintain good physical health. However, this is not the only aspect of your health exercise can influence. Regular exercise also has a significant positive influence on many mental illnesses and can even boost the mental health of anyone without a mental illness. Curious about how this happens? Start reading for the full details!
Loosen Tense Muscles
Most patients with anxiety, or even for individuals undergoing a stressful period, experience tense muscles. They can feel quite ‘wired’ and on guard when these moods strike. However, quality exercise helps loosen muscles and relieve this pent-up tension. The right exercise session can even lessen the tension enough to get rid of the anxiety entirely for a little while. Although most exercises are good at doing this, perhaps the best is yoga, since the goal is to stretch your muscles and improve your flexibility and strength. Regardless of your chosen exercise, however, one of the best things you can do, not only for safety but also to loosen tense muscles, is to have both a stretch warm up and cool down period as part of your routine.
Continue reading for another way exercise can positively influence your mental health.