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Monday, March 19, 2012

Exercise Helps Elevate Moods


Walking daily will help depression.

Our physical bodies have an effect on our emotional bodies. If we
are physically out of shape, it can have an enormous effect on
how we feel emotionally. When we take steps to stay physically healthy
and fit, we are increasing our emotional health as well.
Exercise doesn’t have to be difficult or vigorous to affect your
emotional body. Exercising, even with just a short walk, will increase
your oxygen intake, relieve stress, and elevate your mood. Walking is
one of the best and easiest activities to relieve stress.
Make walking a daily habit. Even if you only walk for fifteen
minutes, it will make a difference in the way you feel both physically
and emotionally. Walk outside when possible and gain the added benefits
of fresh air and sunshine. Take a friend or family member for a walk
and you’ll have quality bonding time.
As you walk, pay attention to all the sights, sounds, and smells.
This brings your awareness to the present, which makes it a walking
meditation. Make walking a daily habit and you will be exercising your
body and easing your mind at the same time. Walk more and enjoy life
more.
I cannot over emphasize the importance of exercise for those of
you who are prone to depression or are bi-polar. Whenever I feel the
downward pull of my cycle towards depression, if I force myself to keep
walking daily, it really helps to keep me from spiraling further into
depression. Walking is one of my most important tools for maintaining
stability and balance during emotional swings.

Lesson:
Exercise helps elevate moods.

Exercise:
Incorporate some form of exercise into your life. At the very least,
make walking a daily habit. If you start exercising every day, you will
reap the benefits both physically and mentally.

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