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Prioritize Exercise to Support Your Healthy Family

Updated: Sep 10, 2023

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No one can argue that exercise is an important part of any healthy living routine.

Keeping ourselves and our families fit is important to help manage a healthy weight, and regular activity supports a healthy heart and a well-functioning immune system.

Exercise helps with conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis, and is a key factor in effectively fighting disease.

Still, the benefits gained from living an active lifestyle go well beyond improving your family's overall physical health and wellness.

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Stress Management with Exercise

Regular exercise is a great way to help your body manage stress.

When you are worried and stressed, you're more likely to experience increased periods of irritability or anger. You may have difficulty concentrating and problems falling asleep or staying asleep.

Physical activity causes your brain to produce chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins act as pain relievers and can help to relax you and to regulate and improve your sleep patterns.

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Mood Disorders

Exercise is not typically part of traditional treatment recommendations for mental health issues.

However, exercise is an incredibly important part of self-care. Studies have shown that regular exercise can be an effective treatment component for mood disorders, including anxiety and depression.

Exercise is believed to increase the neurotransmitters known is serotonin in your brain, which helps to relieve symptoms of depression.

Research shows that even if you suffer from long-term depression, your symptoms can be reduced when regular exercise is part of the treatment plan.

If you suffer from anxiety, you can also benefit from exercise as part of your management plan. Not only does exercise take your mind off of your worries, it serves as a positive and healthy coping mechanism.

Exercise also increases your body temperature which can produce a calming effect.

Studies also show that patients with anxiety are less likely to experience episodes of panic when they exercise regularly.

The specific biochemical mechanisms that support emotional and mental health are not completely understood, yet significant research shows that exercise positively affects brain function to improve mood.

Studies show that individuals often experience an increased positive mood after just 5 minutes of moderate exercise.

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Aerobic exercise, resistance training and yoga are just 3 of the exercise types associated with decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety in diagnosed patients.

Like anything new that we choose to take on, it's important to set appropriate goals for your exercise routine.

Doing too much too fast can result in soreness or injury, and can lead to a decreased desire to continue with your exercise plan.

Start gradually to incorporate more exercise into your daily routine and increase your routine as your comfort level grows.

Depending on the activity, be sure to wear the appropriate gear. This not only motivates you, but most importantly supports your body in the best way. We love these shoes as part of our fitness routine. And these ones for the kids.

If you need a little more convincing, check out these quick research-based reads on the importance of exercise on our overall health and wellness HERE...and HERE.

All blog content shared through HealthSmart! Kids is for informational purposes only and not to be construed as medical advice. Always talk with your qualified health care provider for managing your health care needs.

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