Kaya Midday Joy with Unathi recently spoke with trainer Sifiso Nsane, who gave tips on how to keep your mind healthy.
One of the most powerful ways to ensure your mental health is maintained by engaging in physical activity. Oxygen reaches the brain through physical exercise, which will help boost your memory, skills and speed. Most importantly, exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication
Nene says “Exercise your body as this exercises your brain, by exercising your body your brain is learning new muscle skills and allows your brain to exercise balance. It’s important to choose exercises that challenge your brain as well.”
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It’s also important to continually be in motion, there is a reason why we call what we feel emotion; it’s never been more vital to keep both your mind and body active.
Here are 4 benefits to using exercise to stay mentally fit.
Sharper memory and thinking.
Exercise stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps prevent the age-related decline of your mental capacity.
Higher self-esteem. When exercising becomes a habit, it can foster your sense of self-worth and make you feel strong and powerful, you’ll feel better about your appearance.
Sleep easier.In the morning or afternoon, even brief bursts of exercise will help control your sleep patterns. Relaxing exercises such as yoga or gentle stretching will help facilitate sleep if you prefer exercising at night.
More energy. Famous Yogi Sadghuru once said, “Time never stops for all of us. The only thing we have full control of is our energy. Aligning your energy and raising its frequency can help you do in 1 year what others do in 10 years.“If you want to be able to do more with less time, increasing your heart rate several times a week will give you more energy to get-up-and-go.
Stronger resilience.When faced with mental or emotional challenges in life, exercise can help you build strength and cope. Exercise can also help boost your immune system and reduce the impact of stress.