Recently, it has become increasingly well known that physical activity can impact one’s mental health. The evidence behind this statement is growing, with vast research being conducted on the correlation between the two. Of course, everyone responds to physical activity and exercise differently, and the effects vary from person to person. With regular exercise, you may experience these effects on your mental health: 

  • Improved mood – this is from the release of “feel good” chemicals like endorphins and serotonin.
  • Reduced stress – exercise helps to take your mind off of something you may be worried about, which may help reduce feelings of anxiety.
  • Healthy coping – doing something positive, such as physical exercise, is a healthy coping strategy – much more so than turning to over-eating or alcohol. 
  • Improved confidence – you may feel improved confidence by setting and meeting goals – no goal is too small! 

So, just how much physical activity is needed to feel an impact? It’s less than you think. Even a short walk or other aerobic exercise can improve your mood and energy – as little as 10 minutes can do the trick. If you are looking for long-term effects, it is recommended to exercise 3 times a week for 30 minute sessions at a moderate intensity.*

If you have an injury, pain, or physical impairment that limits your ability to routinely exercise, you may feel your activity level progressively declining. Physical therapy can help ease your pain, improve your physical functioning, and strengthen your muscles, ultimately leading to overall improved mobility and increasing your physical abilities. If you are struggling with getting regular physical activity due to physical impairments, schedule an appointment today at one of our Therapy Clinics and get your body back in motion.

*Association for Applied Sport Psychology