Friday, February 24, 2012

Exercise Benefits Are Not Just Physical

Regular exercise not only improves physical health, but it positively affects other areas of our lives as well.

Here’s how…
  • A study from Perdue University showed that a 22% improvement in fitness level resulted in a 70% improvement in decision-making ability.  
  • Multiple studies have shown that exercise reduces anxiety and stress.
  • Reduced absenteeism, worker’s comp, sick leave,  and disability.
  • According to a NASA study, regular physical activity improved work efficiency at the end of a full day by 12.5%. 
  • Improved overall attitude toward work and improved work experience. 
  • 27% reduction in mental errors requiring concentration and short-term memory. 
  • Improved self confidence and self esteem. 



Meg said...

I am proof that exercise and healthier overall lifestyle can be a huge tool in fighting depression and anxiety. I suffer from both far less now than I did three, four years ago, before I started my "incredible journey" of fitness and health (notice I shy away from the word "diet").

I can't afford to have anxiety meds because I'm currently unemployed, so when I feel anxious, or like a panic attack may be coming on, I try to get some kind of physical activity in--even just a walk--and it always, always helps me calm down. Maybe not completely, but it diffuses the worst of the anxiety.

It might not work for everyone, but it has helped me in so many ways.

Mickey said...

Hi Meg,

There are lots of studies out there that show the benefits of exercise in regards to depression, stress relief, anxiety, etc. I'm glad you've found it helpful.

If you can treat health issues (mental or physical) with exercise, it's definitely healthier than taking all kinds of pills.