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The Benefits of Exercise and Your Mental Health

It’s no secret that moderate exercise is one of the main ingredients to a happy and healthy lifestyle and helps contribute to any proper weight loss/weight management program. But, did you know that moderate exercise also has positive impacts on your mental health?

Right now, with the unprecedented global outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), there’s certainly a lot to be worried, anxious, stressed, and depressed about. Due to these historic events, there’s understandably a lot of people who are feeling these negative emotions and who are worried about their job and their economic status.

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A recent study conducted by Yale and Oxford has concluded that moderate exercise actually has more of a positive impact on your mental wellbeing than we may have initially thought.

According to the study, “Individuals who exercised had fewer days of poor mental health in the past month than individuals who did not exercise” and went on to also state that “…physical exercise was significantly and meaningfully associated with self-reported mental health burden.”

Paired with a nutritious diet and an appropriate amount of sleep, physical exercise can help ward off all the negative emotions and stress that many around the world are experiencing right now. While many around the world are quarantined and are locked inside their homes, physical exercise may seem difficult to achieve at first.

At Hilton Head Health, we preach that moderate exercise should be in every wellness plan and is essential for a well-balanced life. Whether it’s a yoga session or a brisk walk outside, the health benefits of simply moving can do wonders for your mental health.

If you’re having trouble finding an exercise routine that works for you at home, consider signing up for a 7-day free trial of Hilton Head Health ONDEMAND – our very own holistic streaming service that blends fitness, wellness, and nutrition into one holistic online program that you can follow at home. All subscriptions even have the ability to register for REAL Weight Loss (our online weight loss program) free of charge.