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 Physical Activity Has Just as Much Mental Health Benefits as Counseling or Taking Medicine According New Research

Worldwide, depression affects around 300 million people, according to The World Health Organization.

However, a recent study published in the BMJ Medical Journal reveals that when it comes to managing mental health, exercise might be just as helpful as other therapies and medications.

In addition to becoming a personal trainer, I’m really interested in mental health. That has a significant impact on your physical health, in my opinion. Jessica Rivers, a personal trainer, stated, “They say stress is the hardest on the body and can kill you more than anything else.”

Rivers is a coach at Orange Theory in Palm Harbor and has worked with clients for six years. She accepts the recent results from the BMJ Medical Journal.

“I’m 100% open to people trying exercise and different forms of therapy besides resulting to a medication, not there’s not people that need that there absolutely is. And that’s up for the medical professionals to decide. But I think exercise can do wonders for it in terms of endorphins and all that stuff that plays into it,” Rivers said.

According to the study, even mild exercise is good for your mental health, but vigorous exercise has even more advantages.

“What the studies are proving is that the more vigorous the exercise is, the more that you’re going to get the benefits of it. But from exercises you enjoy. That’s the main thing is finding something you enjoy,” according to Rivers.

“Maybe it’s something you’ve never even tried before, whether it’s group fitness, or it’s yoga, Pilates, maybe it is walking outside and getting in nature, just truly finding what you enjoy, finding what resonates with your soul, your body and your mind.” she went on.

Furthermore, according to Rivers, the act of forcing oneself to engage in physical activity might rewire the brain and sustain motivation.

“Get out and do it! Endorphin levels spike after exercise, starting during exercise, as well as serotonin, which we call the happy hormone. So, it makes me feel a lot happier, as well as some sense of accomplishment,” Rivers remarked.

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