Physical activity and the impact on mental health!

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Physical activity and the impact on mental health!
Physical activity and the impact on mental health! © Dave Kotinsky / Getty Images Entertainment

The biggest enemy of our lives is stress. Mental and physical health are negatively affected by stress. Recreation is an effective method of managing stress. The benefits of physical activity include reducing muscle tension and relaxing the body's muscles.

Our hearts are stimulated when we exercise, which enhances brain activity and releases neurohormones. A twenty-minute aerobic workout several times a week with complex movements is a great anti-stress therapy. Practicing meditation, relaxing or vigilance techniques can improve general health, particularly when facing daily stress.

The body produces dopamine and serotonin as a result of regular physical activity, which not only increases our feeling of satisfaction but also boosts our energy and mood. Depression and anxiety can be significantly alleviated with moderate to strenuous exercise.

Patients suffering from depression are often advised to make time for the gym. Researchers have shown that running 15 minutes on a treadmill reduces the risk of depression by 26 percent while combining aerobic exercise (running, low-intensity rhythmic exercise, cycling...) with anaerobic exercise (lifting weights) significantly alleviates symptoms of depression.

Sleep quality and duration can be affected by exercise

Our circadian rhythm is regulated by regular physical activity. Physically active people have better sleep than those who neglect physical activity completely. A longer and higher quality sleep allows us to be more energetic during the day.

Exercising intensively before going to bed is not recommended because the activity raises body temperature. Due to this, it's better to finish training five or six hours early Regular training, and especially endurance exercises, stimulate neurogenesis and help the brain function properly.

Besides the fact that the intensity of training is also an important factor, it is also interesting to note that intensive training improves the ability to process information, whereas moderate training improves memory and attention, as well.

We recommend that you set aside 2.5 hours for moderate aerobic exercises each week, and 75 minutes for intensive aerobic exercises each week. Strength exercises should also be done twice a week for 20 minutes