The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

Research has shown us that people who exercise regularly tend to be more resistant to many mental illness. Exercise can help test current, and prevent future episodes.
What problems can exercise help with?

Mental illness Other
  • Anxiety
  • Physical Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Low Energy
  • Bulimia
  • Stress
  • Alzhimer's disease
  • Self-Esteem
  • Depression Sleep Diffoculties

    Beginning an exercise plan doesn't have to be difficult.Walling for little as 30 minutes, 3times a week, has been found to be beneficial. Don't worry too much about what exercise you choose. Anaerobic and anaerobic exercises are both effective at imporving mental health.

    Anaerobic exercises Aerobic exercises
    Weightlifting Walking, jogging and biking
    Sprinting(running, biking, etc) Elliptical or Ski machines
    Interval Training Swimming
    Climbing Dancing

    Those who are crunched for time may still be able to squeeze some execise into their day. Two 15minutes walks, work just as well as one 30minutes' walk. Here are some tips to help you with your exercise:

  • Get an exercise partnerto support, and hold you accountable
  • Do an activity that you enjoy
  • Skip an elevator, and take the stairs
  • Go outside for 15 minutes during lunch to stretch, and to enjoy the fresh air
  • Park farther in the mall parking lot, and walk
  • Walk and talk, NOT talk and sitit you need to make a phone call
  • They are less likely;

  • to be hired
  • to get second chances
  • to obtain safe housing
  • to have opportunities
  • Stigma has led to second-guessing, and fear of rejection to the point that people living with mental health conditions don’t always pursue opportunities. To change this harmful label on mental health, Hope4all Inc. is asking everyone to take our “I am-StigmaFree” pledge because, changing our beliefs will require commitment from everyone.

    We all can live StigmaFree in our daily lives by being conscious of the language that we use when we refer to people who are suffering from mental health conditions. It is important to focus on the person, and not the condition. Be an advocate, and respectfully correct those who use stigmatize words to refer to someone by the illness. Together, we can make a difference for the better, overcome stereotypes, and break down barriers through broader understanding of mental health. Thank you as you spread awareness, support and stand-up for every person who experiences mental illness.