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Benefits of Exercise and Healthy Eating

Regular exercise and conscious eating are not only good for the body; these are also some of the most effective ways to improve your mental health and are excellent complimentary actions to implement your recovery.


Adopting a healthier lifestyle will have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, disordered behaviors, substance abuse issues and much more. Just a few of the benefits:

  • Stress Relief
  • Memory Improvement
  • Better Sleep
  • Overall Mood Boosting
  • Creates a Sense of Well-Being
  • Naturally Released Endorphins

Depression

Studies show that healthy eating and exercising can treat mild to moderate depression effectively. In addition to relieving symptoms, maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps prevent relapse.

Anxiety

A natural and effective approach to anxiety treatment, a healthy lifestyle relives tension and stress and boosts energy by helping to balance the body’s natural defenses and keep them balanced as well as naturally releasing endorphins.

Stress

Stress creates tension in your whole body. You may feel pain on your face, neck, shoulders, and back or you may experience tension headaches. Stress can also cause insomnia and digestive issues. Changing your eating patterns and getting the exercise your body needs is crucial in relieving stress and the accompanying issues. The worry created by these physical symptoms can lead to more stress, getting your mind and body caught up in a loop.

PTSD/TRAUMA

Evidence suggests that exercise can help your nervous system become “unstuck” and begin to move out of the immobilization stress response that characterizes PTSD or trauma. Outdoor activities, in particular, have been shown to reduce the symptoms of PTSD.

Eating healthy and incorporating a fitness routine including outdoor activities will create a strong resilience.  When faced with mental or emotional challenges in life, you will find yourself coping in a healthy way, instead of resorting to alcohol, drugs, or other disordered behaviors that ultimately only make your symptoms worse.