You can feel positive, content, and at peace just by exercising regularly. Exercise improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and produces feel-good chemicals in the brain which can make you feel more calm and at peace.
How much exercise is enough to see results and feel better mentally?
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends:
- At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week
- Add muscle-strengthening activity 2 days a week
If you are just starting out, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends:
- Moderate exercise 10 minutes twice a day – That means you can take your dog (or coffee) outside for a 10 minute power walk, lift weights for 10 minutes in front of the TV, or do a 10 minute exercise class online. Start with those simple 20 minutes a day and you’ll be feeling better in no time!
*Always consult your healthcare provider before starting a new exercise program.