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Sometimes exercise seems like the last thing you want to do, but once you get motivated, exercise can make a big difference. This is just a little twist on the effects of exercise. Sometimes it is a great way to alleviate negativity.
Exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis. Research on anxiety, depression and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help reduce anxiety and improve mood.
The links between anxiety, depression and exercise aren’t entirely clear — but working out can definitely help you relax and make you feel better. Exercise may also help keep anxiety and depression from coming back once you’re feeling better.
Exercise has many psychological and emotional benefits too. It can help you:
• Gain confidence. Meeting exercise goals or challenges, even small ones, can boost your self-confidence. Getting in shape can also make you feel better about your appearance.
• Take your mind off worries. Exercise is a distraction that can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety and depression.
• Get more social interaction. Exercise may give you the chance to meet or socialize with others. Just exchanging a friendly smile or greeting as you walk around your neighborhood can help your mood.
• Cope in a healthy way. Doing something positive to manage anxiety or depression is a healthy coping strategy. Trying to feel better by drinking alcohol, dwelling on how badly you feel, or hoping anxiety or depression will go away on their own can lead to worsening symptoms.
• Hold Adjustments longer. Keeping the muscles tone and in proper function. Neurologically, exercise will force the nervous system to function at its best potential.
Doing 30 minutes or more of exercise a day, for three to five days a week can significantly improve depression and neurological integrity. But smaller amounts of activity — as little as 10 to 15 minutes at a time — can make a difference. It may take less time exercising to improve your mood when you do more-vigorous activities such as running or bicycling but, the smaller more repetitive movements can have longer and more long lasting effects.
Adjustments increase peak performance in this manner and can be demonstrated by your ability and desire to exercise.
Do not forget to make Chiropractic a part of your health plan.
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