Mental and physical health go hand-in-hand

By Lauren Jennings |Staff Writer|

“I personally feel that if I didn’t exercise regularly, I would go crazy. Overall, it just makes me feel so much better. I don’t think I’ve ever been depressed after exercising,” said CSUSB personal trainer Cody Miller.

Exercise has been known to have many health benefits, the best known to be weight loss.

With weight loss, exercise can protect the body from potential harm such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Disease can be caused by high levels of bad cholesterol, but exercise can help reduce it.

Exercise helps increase the flow of good cholesterol, promoting the flow of blood.

“I notice that I can push myself harder each time I go to the gym. I can go a little longer and do more on the weights,” said student Michael Zavala.

A long and more productive life can be earned by exercising as well as an improved immune system. Less time spent being sick means more time spent doing fun things.

“Exercise can increase your life expectancy by an average of seven years,” stated doctor Christina Hibbert.

Regular physical activity benefits the body physically, keeping it healthy both inside and out.

It can also affect the mind as it helps reduce stress and anxiety, boosting mood and energy with the release of certain chemicals, as well as sharpening the memory.

“My clients feel better, have more energy, more strength, see changes in their body over time and have more self-confidence in the way they look,” said personal trainer Katherine Brobst.

Stress caused Penn State student athlete Madison Holleran to take her own life on January 17, 2014 according to ESPN.

Her social media profiles showed her as having a happy and successful life, but her mental fear of not doing well in school and in track ultimately led to her suicide according to ESPN.

Stress is very common among college students and leads to lack of sleep, difficulty with concentrating, and a weakened immune system. Regular exercise can help reduce stress, which is beneficial for students.

“Exercising causes me to feel less stressed,” stated student Tiffany Newman.

Yoga has become one of the most common exercises for stress relief.

Yoga involves stationary and moving poses and combines them with deep breathing, allowing total relaxation and bringing the body to a healthy balance physically and mentally.

Biking and hiking are also a good source of exercise and are very beneficial to mental health.

Fresh air becomes more readily available along with a change of scenery, which both help clear the mind.

Hiking up a mountain generally brings about a beautiful setting which lifts the mood and allows for a nice spot to take a picture or two.

Kickboxing combines punching and kicking to provide better balance, flexibility and coordination.

Having something to hit and kick helps release excess energy and built up anger, which can have a negative effect on the mind.

“I feel better, I’m not as aggressive and upset after exercising,” said student Donicia Chambliss.

Physical activity reduces anxiety and helps boost self-esteem.

“I feel a lot better about myself after working out, knowing that I’m not lazy,” stated student Jessye Gentry.

Not only will exercise keep the body healthy, it keeps the brain healthy and gives it new ideas.

“After working out, I can handle situations a little bit better and I can think more rationally,” said student Alondra Cortez.

Exercise can also help kick addictions.

The one addiction that we all can approve of for good physical and mental health is an addiction to exercise.


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