Take Charge of Your Mental Health By Getting In Better Shape

January 30th, 2020
Mental Health and Exercise

Today, I am happy to bring you a guest article from Marie Miguel, a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.


Did you know that physical and mental health are equally important for a healthy life? This is one of the main reasons psychologists and medical professionals are teaming up. The combination of these professionals gives clients a holistic healing solution. This healing solution combines the positive effects of exercise, physical health, and mental health. When it comes to taking care of your overall health, psychology researchers and other medical professionals have discovered that mental health and physical health are equally important. In this article, we talk about some of the reasons why.

The National Center for Biological Information in the United States has discovered a significant link between regular exercise and the reduction of mental health symptoms. Psychologists advise that people who exercise regularly can naturally reduce the negative symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and other common mental health disorders.

Exercises to Improve your Mental Health

Aerobic exercise is at the top of the list when it comes to making a positive impact on your mental health. Other activities that contribute to an improved mood and a boost in self-confidence are as follows: walking, jogging, swimming, and cycling.

The fact that all of these activities are mostly outdoor activities may also have some effect over the improved mental state that people experience. Vitamin D is a natural supplement produced by the sun that causes an increase in positive moods. Exposure to natural sunlight and Vitamin D is a main benefit of taking part in outdoor activities. As a result, when you take part in outdoor exercise activities, you’re combining the effects of exercise, fresh air, and Vitamin D to pack a powerfully healthy punch.

Sessions with licensed mental health professionals are becoming more readily-available and affordable. This is making it easier for people to take part in much needed therapy and mental health services that they may have missed out on in the past. Today’s therapists are available in hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, and private practices. The newest addition is online therapy, with leading therapy sites like BetterHelp or Talkspace. The same therapists that you find in traditional therapy environments are now available online.

Talk to therapists about the things that concern you in your life. Therapists are available online 24-hours a day to provide individual, couples, and family therapy. Online therapy is an excellent option for people with busy schedules and those who live in rural areas.

The best way to take care of both your mental and physical health is to begin with regular exercise. Exercise provides physical health benefits that include reduced stress levels and reduced risk for developing diabetes or heart disease. Exercise also improves mental health by reducing stress and anxiety levels.

Before starting an exercise program, the first step to take is to contact your primary care provider for a physical examination. When you visit your medical care provider, they may perform a series of medical and mental health tests to determine if you need treatments in these areas. If medical issues are discovered, your medical care provider will make the appropriate recommendations for treatment. If mental health issues are also discovered, your medical provider may recommend a combination of exercise and therapy with a licensed provider.

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