Exercise and Mental Health: Get Moving

October 27th, 2016

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking at the University of Guelph as part of a symposium organized by Exercise is Medicine Canada at Guelph.  The other guest speakers (Dr. Geoffrey Power and Dr. Dan Vitale) were informative and engaging. The audience was attentive and seemed ready to learn and be inspired.

Recent clinical research supports what many of us already know… exercise is good for your mental health.  Studies show that exercise helps with mood and improves quality of life.  Exercise (even low level exercise such as walking 2.5 hours per week) reduces one’s risk of developing depression. Furthermore, we now have enough research evidence to conclude that exercise is an evidence-based treatment for depression.

So, take the stairs, go for a hike, play with your kids, join a fitness class, stand at work.   Move and continue moving… it’s worth it!

Please check out Exercise is Medicine Canada at Guelph and Up and Running Guelph on Facebook.  Both groups post interesting and motivational messages to support moving for your mental health.

 

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