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Physical Health, Mental Wealth!

The Intersection Between Physical and Mental Health
The Intersection Between Physical and Mental Health

In a world that often feels fast paced, prioritizing mental health can often be placed on the back burner. However, as conversations around mental wellness become more prevalent, we’re beginning to understand that mental health is just as important as physical health. One of the most powerful tools in combating mental health challenges is physical activity. Exercise doesn't just sculpt our bodies; it has a profound impact on our minds as well. From reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression to improving overall mood, the benefits are vast and undeniable.

 Did you know that the relationship between physical activity and mental health is deeply rooted in science?

When we engage in exercise, our bodies release endorphins—neurotransmitters that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators. This rush of endorphins leaves us feeling happier and more relaxed, effectively combating stress and anxiety. Moreover, regular exercise has been shown to increase the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that supports the growth and maintenance of brain cells. This not only enhances cognitive function but also helps alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Exercise has many more benefits such as:

  • Sleeping better: exercising regularly can help you sleep better which helps in managing your mood.

  • Increases energy level.

  • Can reduce muscular tension which in turn helps you feel more relaxed.

  • Can distract you from negative thoughts.

  • Can improve your sense of control, coping ability and self-esteem. It helps you feel a sense of achievement.

    Embarking on a journey to improve your mental health through physical activity doesn't have to be a solitary endeavor. Joining group fitness classes, sports teams, or online communities can provide a sense of camaraderie and support, making the process more enjoyable and rewarding. Additionally, it’s not required to take out an expensive gym membership or do extremely vigorous workouts. A stroll or even a run outside can be sufficient.

Did you know exercising outdoors has been proven that being in nature can make you feel happier? It creates high levels of enthusiasm and pleasure and reduces levels of tension and depression.

This is why it is so important that we make exercise or physical activity part of our everyday routine. The key is to find activities that you enjoy and would be motivated to do every day that would nourish both your body and mind. According to the World Health Organisation, it is recommended to do at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. This equates to only 20- 30 minutes three times a week.

Did you know that physical therapists can facilitate fitness screenings and exercise prescription, especially when managing an injury or health condition?

However, any amount of physical activity is better than none and simple activities such as walking, or yoga would still benefit the mind and body. By incorporating regular physical activity into our lives and prioritizing our mental health, you can cultivate a more balanced and fulfilling existence.

  As we stand in our motto “Move more, Live Better”, let us at Enhance Rehab help you challenge the stigma surrounding mental health, embrace the transformative power of exercise, and embark on a journey toward holistic wellness. Together, we can create a world where mental health is valued, supported, and celebrated.



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