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I personally believe there are few things better than hitting the gym after a strenuous day. In fact, research shows that even a single instance of exercise in a one-week period can reduce stress and anxiety. Employing weight training as a type of exercise releases endorphins, which in turn reduces stress, tension, and anxiety.

Incorporating a weight-training routine into your life can also:

  • Increase physical work capacity
  • Improve bone density
  • Promote fat-free body mass
  • Improve daily quality of life

While physical health is obviously important, mental health is also crucial to your overall well-being. Physical and mental health can be closely connected. To maintain a healthy mental and emotional state, ensure you are getting enough exercise. There are all sorts of possibilities that you can incorporate into your weekly routine that yield physical and mental benefits, such as:

  • Lifting weights
  • Cardio
  • CrossFit
  • Strongman training
  • Bodybuilding
  • Rock climbing
  • Marathon running

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Personally, there are a few types of physical exercise that I like to do to ensure I’m staying fit and happy. I enjoy hiking with my significant other and our dogs, playing tennis with my brother, and doing yoga. These activities offer the physical benefits of helping me to stay fit, active, and healthy, but also have added positive mental benefits. They allow me to spend time with the people I care about. They also clear my head and leave me feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the week ahead.

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Another thing to keep in mind is to ensure you’re eating properly. As important as exercise is, ensuring that you are eating plenty of fiber, protein, and vitamins and minerals will help keep you in tip-top shape so that you can be your best at work and at home.

I challenge you to pick up one new healthy habit this month and give it a shot. It could be promising yourself to make one of your daily meals healthier, going for a bike ride a few days a week, or something as basic as getting a solid eight hours of rest at night.

It is up to you, but I encourage you to try.

Sources:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/strengthen-your-mood-with-weight-training

https://www.healthline.com/health/mood-food-can-what-you-eat-affect-your-happiness#mood-foods

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/minding-the-body/201703/how-strength-training-helps-keep-anxiety-bay

https://www.livestrong.com/article/39012-working-weights-relieve-stress/