Best Exercise for Anxiety & Depression

The logical reasons to exercise are for feelings of being fit, weight loss, increased strength. These are all great reasons, but I’m here to tell you that these aren’t the only benefits of exercise.

In my years as a trainer/coach, I have seen these initial reasons for exercise at the start of a members journey. In the early stages these benefits mentioned above start to kick in, a client begins transforming their lives and reap these amazing feelings/benefits. But as their time with me evolves, they begin to open up and become more honest to the reasons they sought out our help with adding exercise into their lives.

Whatever a client’s reason is to exercise, they begin to gain more benefits than originally thought, here are some (not all) of the other benefits that come with exercise:

  • Reduces stress/excellent stress relief
  • Mental health – improves your mood & decreases feelings of depression, anxiety & stress
  • It’s an HOUR of YOU TIME – not mum/dad, sister/brother, colleague, cook, cleaner etc. Be your priority
  • Physical activity helps you build muscles & strong bones. It may also help prevent osteoporosis
  • Engaging in regular physical activity can increase your energy levels
  • Reduce the risk of chronic disease
  • Improves blood flow to the brain & maintains brain health & memory. In older adults, it can help protect mental function
  • Enables you to sleep better and feel more energised during the day

So remember that yes, exercise is great for getting fit, wanting to lose a few kgs or wanting to get strong but there are so MANY more benefits to adding exercise into your daily routine.

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