In today's world It is no secret that an inactive/unhealthy lifestyle immensely contributes to chronic setbacks such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancers, high cholesterol, high blood pressure etc. But how often do we associate the benefits of exercise with our mental health? Rarely is right! Yes we always hear that exercise is a great stress reliever, but did you know it does much more than that? We have more evidence than ever that suggests that exercise is not only important to maintain good mental health but even more important to help treat chronic mental illness.
Now I know what you're thinking... Exercise can be a very difficult task for most and many don't enjoy it. And quite frankly heres my answer to that. OF COURSE YOU/THEY DON"T LIKE IT! You/they never give it enough time to even allow your body to receive the benefits.
According to Psychiatrist Madhukar Trivedi, "three or more sessions per week of aerobic exercise or resistance training, for 45 to 60 minutes per session, can help treat even chronic depression. Effects tend to be noticed after about four weeks (which incidentally is how long neurogenesis takes), and training should be continued for 10-12 weeks for the greatest anti-depressant effect."
To make a long story short, regular physical exercise combined with a well balanced diet is one of the most powerful things you can do for not just your body but your mind! It's time to understand that it is extremely more important to think soundly than to fit back into your high school jeans. We must understand that peace comes from within and we must do whatever it takes to self love instead of self sabotage! And that starts first and foremost with giving your body exactly what it needs to thrive, not just medicate it!