Mental Health Awareness Month in May has passed but putting serious thought into looking after your mental health is important all year long. Walking and biking can help get you in a more positive headspace.
Taking care of your mind is just as critical as taking care of your body. Keeping active is one of the best ways to boost your mental health. Countless studies show that people who walk or bike tend to suffer mental health issues less than others. Here’s why.
Move to manage stress. Exercise like walking and biking lowers the levels of your body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, relieving tension.
Walking and biking release those feel-good hormones known as endorphins. These hormones stimulate relaxation and happiness. When you feel good, you'll likely be less anxious.
Regular aerobic activity like walking and biking can lower symptoms of depression.
Depression can mess with your energy level, so get it back up with a walk or bike ride and enhance your mood at the same time. As you start to feel better, you'll also be motivated to keep going.
Walking and biking are meditation in motion. Calm down by walking off or biking away from any negative thoughts racing through your brain.
Being physically active can make you feel better about yourself. Regular exercise contributes to increased self-confidence.
Walking and biking also aid in getting a better night’s sleep, which will put you in a more positive state of mind, too.
Me and Together Time
Walking and biking are great if you need some self-reflecting alone time and can be enjoyed socially with family, friends, and other Bruins. It also gets you outside, in the fresh air and sunshine, which is especially good for your wellbeing.
Incorporate some beneficial exercise like walking or biking into your routine to help you stay mentally fit. Even logging 30 minutes a day can lead to an improvement in your mental health.
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