February 26, 2020 Health & Wellness

Mental Fitness

By: Brian Karpf

We all know that regular exercise is an important element of physical fitness.  Exercise promotes weight loss and heart health.  Even moderate physical activity can help prevent or delay age related ailments such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.  But, it doesn’t end there.  Studies show that exercise also provides significant benefits to your mental well-being.

Exercise provides significant benefits to your mental well-being.

Exercise provides significant benefits to your mental well-being.

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According to the American Medical Association, memory improves cognitive memory functions.  In fact, their study showed that improvements remained even after exercise had ceased.  Even more so, exercise releases endorphins which make you “feel good” for hours thereafter.  It also provides for better sleep.  Physical activity is a major form of stress release for many individuals; one tends to forget about all going on around them in the world, and leaves them more focused and ready for stressors that do come into play.

Studies have also shown that exercise improves mental health by reducing depression, anxiety, and helps lift bad moods.  This is due to actual chemical changes in the brain.  So, if physical perks weren’t enough to get you moving, give it a shot for your mind!

Brian M. Karpf

Esq., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Young, Berman, Karpf & Gonzalez, P.A.

ABA Section of Family Law Health & Wellness Committee Chair

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