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Best Workouts for Mental Health

AskMen.com reports on the best exercises to benefit ones mental health according to experts including HSS exercise physiologist Max Castrogaleas MA, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, EP-C, FRCMS.

“Research shows that regular participation in exercise and physical activity can help reduce the risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders. In addition, individuals who report higher levels of physical activity have a lower risk of experiencing depression or anxiety,” noted Castrogaleas.

He advised those who are new to exercise and trying to get a sense of what they like to “start by engaging in various forms of exercise or physical activities that can help you meet the physical activity guidelines of [minimum] 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week." Castrogaleas suggested aiming for two to three days of resistance training and leaving the other two to three days flexible.

When it comes to relaxing and reducing anxiety and stress, there are a couple of workouts that remain popular picks among the masses, which include yoga and running. “Yoga is a great exercise that allows the individual to connect the mind and the body throughout various poses that are performed with controlled movement and breathing,” cited Castrogaleas. “Running helps release ‘feel good’ hormones resulting in a runner’s high. When the run is completed you feel like so much weight has been lifted off your shoulders and there is a decreased level of stress,” he added.

Read the full article at Askmen.com.