A Fun Way To Beat Depression & Anxiety!

mental health benefits from playing sports

How many times have you heard, “You should exercise! It helps you lose weight!”?  There’s no doubt that physical activity is great for your health and well-being.  It strengthens your coordination.  It helps you to accomplish daily tasks and helps you have a better posture.  There are obvious physical benefits from playing and participating in sports.  However, there’s more good news; playing sports can positively affect your mental health too.

Feeling Stressed?

When we are stressed or we have negative feelings, physical activity is recommended as a good antidote.  A kind of natural antidepressant.  Indeed, it would evacuate our black ideas as if by magic!  There’s a reason why we say “Go get some fresh air.  It will calm you down”.  So, let’s find out why exactly this is.

Some researches show that a brisk walk helps to increase our positive emotions which in turn decrease our negative emotions.  Ten minutes of brisk walking would be the equivalent to ninety minutes of well-being.  So, finding an activity to practice each day (or at least four times a week) will make you feel better both physically and mentally.

How To Naturally Overcome Depression & Anxiety?

When it comes to depression or strong anxiety, physical activity improves intellectual capacity and mood!  Thus, in certain states of chronic fatigue, we wouldn’t prescribe rest but rather physical exercise.  This would create a flow of energy and optimism! Exercise can also serve as a distraction.  Allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression.  Click here to read, “5 Natural Solutions For Coping With Stress!”

Moreover, it promotes several changes in the brain including neural growth, less inflammation and releases endorphins .  These are chemicals in your brain that cope with pain or stress.  In addition to all of that, there are other amazing benefits.

Physical activity contributes to:

  • Increased longevity
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Reduced risk of cancer
  • Decreased risk of diabetes and increased insulin sensitivity
  • Sexual wellness
  • Improved sleep quality

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Exercise – A Natural Booster For Self-Esteem!

Yes, exercising helps you fall asleep faster and get into a deep sleep.  And we all know that a good night of sleep helps us with our performance at work but also improves our mood.  You know what one of my favorite benefits of working out is?  Self-esteem!  Exercising regularly can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

As your strength, skills, and stamina increase through playing sports/exercising, your self-image will improve as well.  However, even if exercising is good, doing it voluntarily while savoring these moments is better!

Do not impose something on yourself.  Studies have shown that mental presence in exercise affects our psychological state.  Being aware of the ‘goods’ exercise provides when you perform it will be much more profitable.

Do Not Force It!

Regularity is more important than the intensity of the effort.  If all goes well, you will see changes in both your physical and mental health after eight weeks.  Patience is the key word!  Don’t forget, whatever you decide to do, do it with a smile!

For more information on how to improve your life and well-being, click here to read, “Wellness – 6 Essentials for a Vibrant Life”.

Myth or Fact? 8 Health Beliefs Debunked

Every day we read something about health, diets and physical activity and when we go to the grocery store we are bombarded with labels (gluten free, lactose free, low sodium, low fat, etc…).  All those situations make us confused and we don’t know how to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle; Should I avoid carbs?  Should I do cardio every day?  Is it bad if I don’t choose a low fat yogurt?  To help you have a clearer picture  check out the following myth or fact statements!

Salads Are The Healthiest Option On The Menu

Well it is not as simple as that.  A salad at the restaurant may not be like your homemade salad… Usually they contain bacon, cheese, croutons, sweetened dried fruit and of course the bottled dressing.  They may actually contain the same amount of calories than a burger or a bowl of pasta.

Potatoes Are Unhealthy

They have been considered a bad carbohydrate for years.  However, potatoes with a protein and a healthy fat source make a healthy and nutritious meal.  They are also an excellent source for fiber, vitamins C and B6.

Brown Rice Is Better

Brown rice contains more fiber than white rice but it doesn’t mean you have to avoid white rice.  Rich in iron and folate, white rice could be a good option and both types of rice have health benefits.

Organic/Vegan/Gluten Free Food Are All Healthy

Organic chocolate, vegan cookies or gluten free crackers are still chocolate, cookies and crackers whatever the label.  They may have the same amount of sugar or fat as conventional versions.  The best way to choose a product is always to be a detective and check the nutrition label.  Click here to learn the truth about organic foods.

Egg Yolks Are Bad For You

Eggs (whole eggs) can be part of a balanced diet.  Latest research shows that they don’t actually contribute to high cholesterol and they contain vitamins A, D, E and K and omega-3 fats, biotin and vitamin B12 as well.

Cardio Is The Best Way To Lose Weight

Myth!  You don’t need to run 1h on the treadmill to lose weight! (you’re welcome – I know that some of you don’t like cardio…).  Sure cardio workouts help to create a calorie deficit (paired with a healthy diet) and we all know that’s essential to lose weight however, adding strength training could help lean out; maintaining lean muscle mass requires higher energy – that means you burn more calories at rest to keep it.

Feeling Sore Means You Had A Good Workout

Being sore is not necessarily a sign of a good workout.  Sometimes we feel muscles soreness after a new training, exercise or more intensity, because of a new stimulus.  Our body is simply preparing our muscles to do this activity again.

You Should Work Out Every Day

No, total myth!!!  You have to rest guys!  We have to give our body time to recover because without rest our muscles can’t rebuilt stronger. Over-training can also disrupt women’s menstrual cycle, cause sleep and mood problems.

With Internet, magazines, TV shows (and Monica your best friends who “knows” everything), it’s not easy to know which information is myth or fact.  That is why it’s important to talk with a healthcare professionals before making any lifestyle/diet changes and, because we all are different, what works for Monica (your best friend) may not work for you.

The #1 rule you should keep in mind is: Always listen to your body, s/he knows what’s good for you.  If you enjoyed this article check out True Heath – How Most Of Us Get It Wrong and Is It Time To Stop Eating Fruit?