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Exercise for Emotional Health

exercise for emotional healthOver the next few weeks, I will be randomly blogging about ways to improve emotional health.  Our emotional health is equally important as our physical health, but we tend to neglect it.  People who are in good emotional health are better equipped to handle the stresses of day to day living. They are also better at handling their behaviors and emotions.  Improving our emotional health can be a very rewarding experience.

This week, the focus is exercise.

Exercise has so many benefits. For starters, there is weight loss. Even if weight loss isn’t your goal, there is always weight management and toning.  Exercise can prevent and reduce the instances of diseases and other health problems. It can also boost your energy levels, help in achieving a better night of sleep, and it can also be a good way to socialize and get to know others.

Exercising is also a good way to improve our emotional health. 

Now I have to admit, I am not a big fan of exercising.  One of the excuses I find myself making is that I’m just too busy. However, the reality is if I can squeeze some time in to eat those cookies, I can make time to exercise.

The good news is that if your emotional health is not where you want it to be, you a can work to improve it. So why not get started today by getting up and exercising?  If you’ve got excuses, I’ve got solutions. Here are a few:

Don’t Have the Time?

Solution: Get It In Where You Can Fit It In

If you’re like me, you may not have time to enroll in an exercise class and instead of waking up 30 minutes earlier; you may want to get that extra sleep. It’s OK!!!  Get it in where you can fit it in.  If you can park your car further down the parking lot instead of being what my friend likes to call a “lot lizard,” looking for that close spot, do just that. That extra distance can make a difference.  Instead of sitting and talking on the phone, walk around a bit.  Almost everyone makes time to watch TV, so when those commercials are on, challenge yourself to a few push-ups or sit-ups.

Just get up and get moving!

It’s Just Too Hard

Solution:  No one said conquer the world in one day!

Challenge yourself to start making small changes, and you will see a big difference.  You don’t have to look like the people on the exercise infomercials.  Find something you are comfortable doing and stick with that.

I’m Too Tired

Solution: Exercise your way to extra energy

I had a fitness instructor tell me “if we rest, we rust.”  It’s an interesting concept.  Exercise releases good endorphins that leave us feeling energized.  Sometimes the best way to conquer fatigue is to get moving.

Remember, you are in control of the choices and changes you make.  Don’t neglect your emotional health because we only get one mind, one body and one spirit.  Make the best of your life today and look out for more blogs on ways to improve your emotional health.

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Exercise for Emotional Health

Donna M. White, LPC/I, CACI

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APA Reference
White, D. (2012). Exercise for Emotional Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 22, 2019, from


Last updated: 13 Jul 2012
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Jul 2012
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