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How Exercise Can Help Your Mental Health

Exercising provides countless benefits for your body. It improves your heart health, increases your energy levels, lowers blood pressure and more. But what about your mind? According to research, it improves that, too.

A recent study showed that just 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week may improve your mental health. It found that those who didn’t meet these guidelines reported higher levels of depression. Researchers also found that outdoor exercise increases energy levels and feelings of satisfaction more than indoor exercise.

Interestingly, exercising with others provides different benefits compared to working out alone. Exercising with others can help you stay motivated and energized, while exercising alone tends to solely reduce stress.

Even if you can’t reach 150 minutes of exercise per week, some exercise is better than none. There are plenty of ways you can get in a quick workout anywhere or go for a brisk walk.

Despite all these benefits, moderation is key. The study found that those who underwent excessive physical activity actually reported higher levels of depression and anxiety.

If you are feeling depressed or anxious, it’s important to talk with your doctor about treatment and always consult them before starting a new exercise routine. Remember that we’re here to help— you can connect with a behavioral health specialist and get ongoing support through telehealth. All you need is a phone or computer to get started and make an appointment.