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Stay Active this Mental Health Awareness Month with Tips from WSF

For years we have known that physical activity improves physical and mental health but only recently has mental health become more widely discussed in the public. This month as we celebrate mental health awareness we would like to highlight a few facts and tips regarding improving your mental health and getting active.

Fact #1: Physical activity works as an anti-depressant by elevating our mood and creating a sense of happiness and well-being.

Fact #2: Lower levels of physical activity in childhood have a correlation to increased likelihood of depression in adulthood.

Fact #3: Chemicals produced as a result of exercising—such as endorphin’s—help manage stress and fatigue, make you feel good, and regulate sleep.

Tip #1: Get moving! Whether it be by going for a short walk, trying a new exercise, or simply choosing the stairs over the elevator, adding more movement to your day-to-day can help increase your mood.

Tip #2: Make it social! Ask a friend to join you for your run or play a game outside with family members. Not only does this help us stick to our workout goals by having someone hold us accountable but it can provide us with a forum to discuss what’s going on in our lives with those close to us.

Tip #3: Seek help when needed. Physical activity is not a full treatment for severe depression but is meant to be complementary. If you believe you or someone you know is suffering from a severe mental health issue please contact a medical professional for help.

 

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Citations: Adapted from Staurowsky, E. J., DeSousa, M. J., Miller, K. E., Sabo, D., Shakib, S., Theberge, N., Veliz, P., Weaver, A., & Williams, N. (2015). Her Life Depends On It III: Sport, Physical Activity, and the Health and Well-Being of American Girls and Women. East Meadow, NY: Women’s Sports Foundation.