Health Tip – June 13 – Move a Muscle, Change a Mood
Did you know that exercise is good for your head? While it may seem as if moving about when you feel tired is the quickest way to feeling more tired, the opposite is true. Experts say that increasing physical activity, especially walking, increases energy.
Psychologists studying how exercise affects mental health are finding that how much or how hard you exercise isn’t the key factor in helping depression and anxiety. In fact, they say that less is more; or at least just as good.
According to a study by the American Psychological Association, when depressed people used stationary bicycles, their mood improved even when they weren’t biking all that hard.
In another study, people felt better after a 10-minute brisk walk or a 45-minute workout. Those working out for 45 minutes said they were less tense. They said their energy went down at first, but later went up. Those who just walked said that they felt less tense, and they also had more energy right away.