Exercise is Self-Care

Why is it that although we know exercise is good for us, we don’t do it more often? Plenty of research has shown that regular physical activity improves every aspect of our health. Physical activities can help manage stress, improve mood, and decrease cardiovascular risk. Why is it that some people are more committed to fitness than others? Perhaps some are busier than others, but in reality we all have the same amount of hours and days. It can just be difficult to figure out how to make exercise happen.

If we begin to view exercise as a form of self-care we will stop procrastinating. Exercise doesn’t have to mean going for a run or to the gym. The goal is to avoid sitting for long periods especially now that so many things are virtual. We need to let go of the idea that exercise consists of an hour out of our day by doing aerobics, running or any intense exercise. In addition, exercise can actually fit into the busiest schedule. We can do some simple changes such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to the grocery store as long as it is local instead of driving.

Why is Exercise Important For Mental Health?

  • Reduces anxiety
  • Reduces depression symptoms
  • Reduces negative mood
  • Improves self-esteem

Workout Tips For Busy People

  • Exercise in short periods
  • Exercise when there is down time
  • Wake up 30 minutes earlier and workout at home
  • Increase the intensity of your workouts

If you or anyone you know may be in need of speaking to a professional and live in Illinois, feel free to call Olive Branch Counseling Associates at (708) 633-8000 to schedule an appointment.  Our appointments can be held in-person or via telehealth.


Graduate Intern

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