Why exercise so important to maintaining a positive mood and promoting general wellbeing?
One of the easiest and most productive ways to elevate our moods is to exercise. Just 30 to 45 minutes a day has been clinically studied to alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Exercise is a great way to distract the mind from worrisome or negative thoughts. In fact, 2 trials have now confirmed that regular intensive exercise can be as effective as prescriptions antidepressants in treatment mild to moderate depressive. It has also been proven to produce a more effective response to antidepressants, when combining exercise with prescriptive medication.
So how much is enough?
The National Activity guidelines for Australians recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise per day on preferably all days of the week. Moderate exercise is something that gets you ‘huffing and puffing’. Fast paced walking, light jogging or a class of your choice at your local gym are good examples of moderate exercise. Being active throughout the day is important to achieve a balanced mood. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking or cycling to work or getting off the bus or train 1 or 2 stops before your destination and walking the rest are all easy ways to increase your overall physical activity level every day.
Content by Kiss the Berry Nutrition Advisor, Jackie Morgan @wellhubnutrition