Exercise is known to help reduce anxiety, depression, negative moods, stress, and increase self esteem and cognitive function. In fact, just 5 minutes of moderate activity can lead to an improved mood.
When you’re going through a tough time, you probably lean on some friends and family to support you. The same kind of support can help you stay more physically active or to sustain lifestyle change. There are many different types of social support. All of them are important and can be provided by many different people in your life.
When was the last time you spent at least an hour outside? Now, when was the last time you spent at least an hour outside in nature, away from the cityscape you live in? If you had to think about that answer for a couple minutes, you aren’t alone. A 2012 survey by the David Suzuki Foundation found that 70% of youth spent less than an hour per day outside and that time outside was spent hustling to a destination. A 2001 survey by the US Environmental Protection Agency found that on average, Americans spend 87% of their time indoors and 6% in an enclosed vehicle.
There has been a lot of discussion lately about inactivity and sedentary lifestyles among adults. Physical inactivity and sedentary living contribute to chronic disease risk and a recent study found that only 15% of adults were meeting physical activity guidelines. Did you know that you can be both physically active AND sedentary?