2 thoughts on “Get Moving and Stay Active to Increase Psychological Well-Being

  • February 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Joe,

    I a really enjoying your series of articles related to Positive Psychology.

    I have observed that many individuals with ADHD who have a diverse exercise routine find it very beneficial to slowing down the speed and bombardment of their thoughts. It gives them the ability to take a moving pause that facilitates their ability to process the overwhelming thoughts and ideas and pinpoint them. When they are in static, boring, mundane situations they find it difficult to process or identify the main thought or idea they need to understand.

    Also, for many people suffering from depression and anxiety physical aerobic exercise with a good level of intensity for thirty has been shown to elevate serotonin levels– the feel god chemical in the brain which may prevent the onset of a depressive episode. There are numerous research studies on the positive effects of exercise as a powerful strategy for maintaining positive mental health.

    Exercise has also been known to improve the efficacy of certain medications improving their ability to work better and longer. If you want to read one of the best books on exercise and its impact on our brains and long term positive health, please check out the book “Spark, the Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John Ratey MD.

    • February 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm


      Thanks for this wonderful comment and addition to the post! It’s pretty clear that physical activity has positive benefits for mood and emotions. The human condition seems to make exercise out to be a burden or something that we must find time for. I know I could be more consistent with this, but I try to stay active. Instilling some form of emphasis within the community to be active could be helpful, as well as finding a group of people whom can help one stay accoutable can be good. Thanks for the reference. I’ll look into that book!


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