Top 5 Exercises for Mental HealthJul 21, 2023
While we know that exercise can boost our physical health, many people do not realize the immense benefits that moving our bodies can have on our mental wellness. But what exercises are best for our mental health? Well, first, make sure you are choosing movements that feel good for YOU! If you aren’t sure where to start, here are 5 exercises to do for your mental health.
1.) Cardiovascular Exercise for Increased Lung Function
Aerobic exercise, such as running, cycling, swimming, or dancing, increases blood flow to the brain and releases endorphins, which can improve mood and reduce stress. Some other benefits of aerobic exercise improved cardiovascular conditioning, increased lung function, and a decreased risk of heart disease.
2.) Yoga and Meditation for Improved Sleep
Practicing yoga and meditation can improve mental health by reducing stress and anxiety and increasing mindfulness and self-awareness. While yoga has lots of physical benefits, the mental and emotional benefits are just as important. People who practice yoga and meditation report reduced stress levels, less anxiety, and better sleep.
3.) Strength Training for Muscle Growth
Strength training, such as weightlifting or bodyweight exercises, can also improve your mental health. Along with many benefits listed before, such as better mood and more energy, strength training also can increase self-confidence and body image. Practicing strength training at least 3 days a week is a great way to build a better relationship with your body.
4.) Outdoor Activities for Serotonin boost
Another great option is to spend time in nature, such as hiking, gardening, or simply going for a walk. Any of these movements can improve your mental health by reducing stress and improving mood.
Two specific elements of nature that can benefit us are the sun and dirt (what?!). Studies have shown that feeling the sun on your skin acts as a serotonin boost. As for dirt, people can take part in the act of grounding to gain a range of benefits. This could include decreasing anxiety, gaining energy, and even faster wound healing!
5.) Mindful Breathing to Reduce Anxiety
Simple breathing exercises, such as deep breathing or box breathing, can help reduce stress and anxiety and promote relaxation. If you have never practiced mindful breathing, Movement Genius has a breathing technique series led by Regina who makes getting started with breath work easy to understand and practice!
This week, challenge yourself to practice one of these forms of exercise. Whether it’s a short walk, an intense cardio session, or some bedtime yoga. Start with 1-2 days a week to create a routine, and then increase the frequency as you become ready.
If you’re ready to get your body moving, use code BLOG5023 at the Movement Genius checkout and receive 50% off your monthly membership for a whole year!
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