Mental health – we all know it’s important, yet most of us neglect it. We’ll let you in on a big secret that can help you prioritize mental health right now. Have you ever heard of “happy hormones,” or feel-good chemicals that can have a huge positive impact on your mental health? These are called endorphins and they are real. Decades of research show that exercise releases endorphins, which ease symptoms of depression and anxiety, and help you feel less stress after a long day.
If you’re ready to up your mental health with exercise but you aren’t sure what amount or kind of activities to do, CDC recommends adults do at least 150 minutes a week (or 30 minutes every weekday). This includes any kind of moderate level aerobic activity along with some muscle strengthening exercises. You can find both at a WK Fitness & Wellness Center near you. We have lots of aerobic and strengthening machines – talk with one of our expert exercise specialists to create an exercise routine that works for you. Wind down in a relaxing yoga or tai chi class that is also proven to reduce stress and boost your mental health. Come check us out today!