I mentioned in my post last week that I “needed” to exercise. It makes me feel good, and it makes me a much more pleasant person to be around. I have my moments where the simple fact of the matter is I need to move my body in order to clear my head. While I haven’t been diagnosed with depression, I often wonder if that might change if I was unable to exercise. It makes that much of a difference for me mentally. Apparently, I am not alone.
I found this infographic from HealthPerch and felt it explained so much!
Look at one of those first statistics: women are 70% more likely to be affected by depression. I get it. I’m guessing most women do, especially if they are juggling relationships and children, households and jobs. Or lacking those things in your life can cause stress and depression. It all adds up and can be overwhelming.
If you, like me, find yourself struggling some days maybe it’s time to take a walk. Research shows people that walk 3 miles an hour have the least amount of depression. Feeling blue? Go for a walk! I used to spend my 15-minute breaks at work walking around the outside of my building. It made a world of difference in my demeanor.
I also found it interesting that there’s a magic number. 2-4 hours a week is great; anything over 7.5 hours is no bueno. In other words: you do not have to be running ultras to see benefits in your mental health from exercise. You don’t have to go long, hard, or fast: you just need to go.
I’m a believer. I know it’s made a huge difference in my life and strive to get 30-40 minutes of endorphins and neurotransmitters flowing every day. My family can tell when I haven’t made that goal. Especially if it happens a few days in a row. Oh Boy, Oh Boy- it’s not pretty when that happens.
If you need help getting started, here are 5 ways to make exercise a habit that I think will help you get moving!
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