Fitness against depression and anxiety
Exercise as an antidote for depression and anxiety is not a new concept. In 18th century Scotland, doctors in mental hospitals prescribed to patients work on the farm as the «best medicine» for their patients and documented marked improvements in mood and behavior. Now scientists are studying the link between exercise and changes in the state and came to some fascinating results.
One of the experts in this field says «exercise is obviously associated with mental improvements.» And moderate training on simulators show a decrease in blood pressure, resulting in the emergence of positive moods. The key to this is moderate exercise, performed a minimum of 30 minutes three or four times a week. Brisk walking, swimming, lifting weights, and bicycling – all this contributes to the achievement of good results.
People who exercise regularly, even doing something simple, say such as walking or bicycling, are more flexible. They experience less stress on muscles and joints when they lean in one direction or another. Tired muscles recover faster.
A big problem that we all face these days – we live stressful life. All the family seems too busy and don’t have time to sit down together and share the joys and pleasures of life. Little things that once mattered no longer important and now there is only race for big money to obtain great material wealth.
Using simple methods of relaxation, exercise and making changes in our lives, we can manage stress and take control of your life! Once you realize stress, that means it’s time to relax! There are many techniques for relaxing (and no one method is not better than another), but the most basic is deep breathing. One of the automatic reactions to stress is rapid, shallow breathing. Breathing slowly and deeply is one way to «turn off» your stress response and «turn on» your relaxation response.
Another relaxation technique that will help you to reduce stress it is necessary to «clear the mind». Your stress reaction there is a physical and emotional interaction, giving yourself a mental «break» can help relax the body. When you clear your mind, you should try to concentrate on one pleasant thought, at the recollection or image and let the rest of your worries will go away. A short and quiet walk can do wonders and just a walk around the house will clear your head and often give you a new burst of energy.
Muscle and joint pain are a common problem for many of us living in high-tension societies. As a result, our bodies pay for long hours spent sitting at work at the table or in a soft armchair in front of the TV. And if you think that some of our pains is just another consequence of aging, you are wrong — more often than not, this is the result of inaction and weak muscles.
Doctors now say that walking is one of the best exercises. This helps the general circulation of blood throughout the body, and therefore has a direct effect on your overall sense of health. There are such things as aerobics, jogging, swimming and many other exercises that will benefit a person both physically and mentally. Researchers agree that exercise helps relieve anxiety and cheer up, restore health.