Movement Is Medicine: How to Boost Your Mood and Mental Health

You may have heard the phrase "movement is medicine" before, but did you know it has more meanings than you might think? Exercise for mental health - not only physical health - is well-proven and highly effective across all age groups and backgrounds.

However, the message is not being received. Less than a quarter of Americans meet the minimum recommended CDC guidelines for regular physical movement.

When we look at the crisis in mental health across America, the lack of movement is something we cannot ignore. With this in mind, let's look a little closer at how even moderate physical activity can help you live a happier, more productive life.

Reduce Stress and Anxiety

If you suffer from high levels of stress or anxiety, exercise can almost definitely help you to manage this and reduce those feelings, no matter the source.

It has been proven time and time again that regular exercise has a significant and lasting impact on stress and anxiety.

While there are several factors at play, one of the most significant is that exercise quickly reduces levels of cortisol - the stress hormone - present in your body. Physical activity also releases endorphins that act as mood boosters and natural painkillers. 

Sleep Through the Night 

We all know poor sleep is linked to poor mental health. Those who get less than the recommended amount of sleep for their age group are significantly more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, and behavioral disorders.

If you have trouble getting in your zzz's, it's time to get moving. While almost any regular exercise will relieve stress and boost mood levels, it also has a huge impact on sleep length and quality.

It's not just about tiring your body out. The hormones and body temperature fluctuations released by exercise also help regulate your body for high-quality, undisturbed REM sleep. 

Movement is Medicine for Your Brain

Healthy muscles lead to a healthy brain. Regular physical activity increases blood flow to the brain, and this improved circulation promotes better brain health and enhances cognitive function.

Activities like jogging, cycling, and swimming can improve memory and protect against cognitive decline in older age.

These benefits can help you stay mentally sharp throughout your life, leading to happier, higher-quality golden years. Studies also show exercise can boost creativity and problem-solving skills, making it easier to tackle everyday challenges.

Tailored Treatment in Atlanta and New Orleans

"Movement is medicine" is more than just a soundbite. It's a scientifically-backed truism that can empower anyone to live better. Of course, we know it's much easier to talk about these things than to change an entire lifestyle.

That's why we are here to help. If you or a loved one is struggling and needs tailored treatment and guidance to get their life back on track, we can help. At A Better Way, we provide healthcare services to our local communities across Atlanta and New Orleans.

Our friendly and experienced team can help get you the resources and knowledge to live better starting today. Get in touch to find out how we can help! 

‹ Back