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Physicality

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Physicality

Physicality

Not all of us are going to be athletes.  Many of us are not going to take good care of our physical health.   Some of us are outright damaging our health.  Some of us have limitations that prevent us from being as physically active as we would like to be. Whatever your situation is, I want to focus on physicality as it applies to your happiness.  You can then consider if you want to become more physically active or if you want to explore ways to overcome your limitations, or if you want to maintain your current situation and just be informed.

We are going to look at some different aspects of physical activity.  First of all, we will review the benefits. Next, we will discuss how it impacts our happiness.  Finally, we will explore some of the possible barriers to physical activity and brainstorm ways to overcome those.  As with all of our subjects, if you decide you want more information you can ask for someone to talk to and get connected with a wellness coach.

There is a great deal of information about the benefits of exercise. Exercise can benefit your mental health as well as your physical health.  It can reduce stress, help you sleep better, reduce symptoms of anxiety and schizophrenia, and boost your memory. It can reduce PTSD or trauma. Exercise can treat symptoms of mild to moderate depression as effectively as medication.  It is shown to help manage ADHD.  It stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps prevent age-related decline.

These are just a few of the benefits of exercise.  The list is extensive and we will talk more about each one in future articles.

If you have any of these issues they could be impeding your happiness.  Clearly, it would be beneficial for you to alleviate the symptoms if possible, to clear obstacles on your path to happy.  If you don’t have any of these issues, there are other benefits to exercise.  Exercise can help you sleep better, improve your self-esteem, give you more energy, and provide a healthy method to combat adversity.

How much does it take?  Anything is better than nothing.  If you do more than you are currently doing, then you can see improvement.  Ultimately the more you do the more benefits you will feel. Harvard Health tells us that “people who did only 15 minutes per week of vigorous physical activity had a 17% lower risk of death from any cause and death from cancer compared with people who were inactive. With about 50 minutes per week, death from any cause was reduced by 36%. The reduction in risk of death from all causes, and death from cancer, was greatest in the first 40 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week. In contrast, death from heart disease continued to decline substantially with each additional minute beyond 40 minutes.”

You may have obstacles to beginning physical activity and they can come in many forms.  Perhaps you have physical limitations.  You may be restricted by time, space, or finances. Maybe your state of mind is preventing you from getting started.  The good news is that all of these can be overcome.  That could mean making adjustments but when you consider the benefits, making adjustments is a small and worthwhile change.

To explore more about overcoming obstacles please see our other articles on this subject.  Additionally, these references (below) can provide more information.  And of course, if you would like to talk to someone we will be happy to spend some time with you.

 

 

 

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/exercise-and-mental-health#benefits

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/the-mental-health-benefits-of-exercise.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1470658/

https://www.health.harvard.edu/exercise-and-fitness/whats-the-minimum-amount-of-exercise-i-need-each-week

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