Many of us are less active than we’d like to be. We’re sitting more and running less. Being less active can have a negative effect on your physical body and your mental health. Being physically active keeps your body healthy but it’s also important for brain health.
No matter what your age, getting in some physical movement every day is vital. Taking even a short break every hour from the sitting position can ease your muscles, improve circulation, and wake your brain up. That is why the World Health Organization (WHO), has launched a campaign called Be Active, which encourages everyone to more active in a fun and motivating way.
Here are some great tips to get you started:
Physical activity–even a few short minutes a day–can help:
In addition to the physical benefits, exercise can help keep your brain healthy too. According to Michael Otto, PhD, professor of psychology at Boston University, “The link between exercise and mood is pretty strong. Usually within five minutes after moderate exercise you get a mood-enhancement effect.” Research also shows that the benefits of being active extend beyond short term and can help alleviate anxiety and depression, reduce the risk of cognitive decline, and delay the onset of dementia.
When you can’t go to the gym, there’s no reason to forgo your workout routine. Some of the best ways to stay active at home include:
Now is a great time to invest in your health and well-being in new and exciting ways. Don’t be afraid to try something new as long as it gets you moving.
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