By: Laine Podell
Everyone knows that exercise is a great way to maintain physical health and keep your body fit. But the benefits of exercise go beyond increasing endurance, or gaining muscle. A variety of recent studies have exemplified the many ways that consistent exercise can keep our mind healthy in addition to our bodies.
Regularly make an effort to exercise for the following beneficial purposes.
- Stress: Exercise is a great healthy way to rid of the excess energy your body has bottled up causing you to feel stressed out.
- Work-Play Balance: A study showed people who incorporate exercise in their life feel more capable of juggling the balance of work and other family and social obligations.
- Happiness: Exercising causes the body to release endorphins creating feelings of happiness and relaxation.
- Alzheimer’s disease: According to Dr. Smith at the University of Maryland, “being physically active may offer protection from the nuerodegeneration associated with genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease”.
- Self-Esteem: Working out can lead to weight loss and muscle toning. Confidence in one’s appearance can be a great self-esteem boost.
- Cognitive Abilities: Physical activity, specifically aerobic exercise, keeps your brain healthy and able to work efficiently and effectively with cognitive skills.
If you are experiencing anxiety, self esteem issues or problems just balancing everyday stress and need help coping, feel free to contact the Manhattan or Bergen County, New Jersey offices of Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy to speak with a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist. Call (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 for an evaluation. Visit www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information.