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5+ Ways Exercise Can Help Your Mental Health!

It is the new year, and many of us start new exercise routines to get in better shape and lose weight. Physical health is undeniably an important factor in leading a long healthy life. However, many of us forget that our mental well being is equally, if not more important. After all, how can we reach our goals if we are not mentally well?

The good news is, exercise is a powerhouse and will not only improve your physical health, but it will also significantly improve your mental well being.

Exercise and Anxiety: Anxiety can be crippling; it can keep you in the house and make it nearly impossible to reach your fitness goals. The good news is that exercise is proven to be a natural and very effective treatment for anxiety. A purpose-driven and present workout will allow you to focus on what you are doing at the moment, not what is building up and causing you to worry. Exercise releases endorphins that contribute to your mental well being. After a good workout, you will feel more relaxed and less anxious. Our program at South County Adventure Boot Camp is designed for you. The only thing you have to do is come to camp; the rest will happen naturally. We offer a supportive and challenging environment that will reward you with the confidence you need to face your challenges.

Exercise and Depression: Depression is common in women and men of all ages. It can wreak havoc on your day to day life if proper steps care is not in place. Exercise can dramatically reduce the effects of depression for several reasons.

“Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects, of course. As one example, a recent study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%. In addition to relieving depression symptoms, research also shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent you from relapsing.

Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. Finally, exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression.” https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/the-mental-health-benefits-of-exercise.htm

Exercise and Stress: We all lead hectic lives. There are many reasons why stress enters our world. It can be financial, work-related, parenting, and the like. No matter the cause, stress is dangerous and requires attention. Physical activity releases endorphins and relaxes muscles, effectively releiving built-up tension that stress can cause.

There are many more mental benefits from a regular exercise routine. Here are a few more:

Can Alleviate ADHD Symptoms

Sharpens Memory

Increases Confidence

Fights Aging

Promotes Better Sleep

Fosters Resilient Behaviors

We need to make sure we are taking care of our entire being. That means emotionally and physically. At South County Adventure Boot Camp, we want you to be your best you. That means a stronger, happier, and healthier you both mentally and physically.

We look forward to working with you and sharing more tips and tricks to pave the way to your best YOU!

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