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Exercise is vital for our mental health and immune system. Mood disorders, anxiety, depression are on the rise due to lack of exercise and lack of social contact during COVID 19. It is important to find a way to exercise even if your gym or yoga classes are closed.

Many adults forget how to play and have fun. We somehow forget that what made us the happiest in life was recess and playing on the playground.

When we do an activity we enjoy it is nit work or stress induced. Some gym “workouts” are stressful. If we do not want to go and do not enjoy the routine we have it is not play.

High stress levels are released in our bodies due to stress. Stress on a daily basis adds up and impacts our health in very negative ways. One negative impact is anxiety or anxiety disorders.

Exercise expands the vascular system in the muscles and tissues and helps prevent hypertension.

It opens the capillaries in the muscle tissue and causes blood pressure and blood sugars to drop to normal.

Exercise builds muscle mass and prevents muscles from being broken down as fuel.

Exercise is needed to assist tryptophan and tyrosine. The brain uses tryptophan to make serotonin, melatonin, tryptamine, and indolamine, all of which are antidepressants and regulate sugar level and blood pressure. Tyrosine is used for the manufacture of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and dopamine-vital for the coordination of body physiology such as fighting, running, playing sports..

Exercise lowers blood sugar in diabetics and decreases their need for insulin.

Exercise makes the liver manufacture sugar from the fat that it stores or that is circulating in the blood.

Exercise strengthens the bones of our body and prevents osteoporosis.

A morning and evening walk will keep enzymes active around the clock and will clear cholesterol deposits in the arteries as well as fat stored in the body.

Exercise will increase production of endorphins and enkephalins, the natural opiates of the body.

Playing basketball for the pure pleasure is great but always attempting to win or self criticizing ones self is not healthy and not a stress reduction exercise.

Women in a recent study that exercised 90 minutes each day were twenty percent less likely to suffer from depression.

Women that watched three hours of TV were 12 percent more likely to suffer from depression .

Active exercise releases endorphins that make women feel good so embrace daily exercise!

Research in the journal of Neurology studying 299 men and woman who walked from zero blocks per week to 300 blocks per week.

The study states walking 72 blocks per week was the minimum to show brain improvement.

Forty percent developed cognitive impairment or dementia four years into the study .

The study stated that those who walked the most reduced their risk of memory loss by half.

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Exercise has scientific evidence that it is great for the mind as well as the body.

Exercise that is outdoors is good for the body and mind. Walking, hiking, running, biking , jogging, going on hiking trails.

Take your electronics and put them aside they will be there in the future. Pull away from the PC, Video Games, TV, and the smart phone. Your mood will increase with daily exercise and so will your sense of self and self esteem.

Exercise, exercise, exercise….Exercise creates new neurons and some study states that after 10 weeks exercise showed to be more effective against depression than pills.

We must push ourselves to exercise…..it is important for mind, body, and spiritual health.

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