The 4-pillar approach to fighting anxiety: Movement (3 of 4)

The 4-pillar approach to fighting anxiety: Movement (3 of 4)

The EXOS 4-Pillar Approach to Human Performance addresses the entire person using a four-part foundation for total health: mindset, nutrition, movement and recovery. Part one of this four-part series introduced the concept of mindset and part two focused on nutrition. Now let’s explore how movement can support mental health and help us fight anxiety as we begin our next transition.

From staying at home to reintegrating into society, movement provides benefits that can help us focus on what’s positive throughout anxiety-provoking transitions.

Movement: Increase happiness hormones with exercise

Regular exercise releases endorphins to help reduce stress hormones and keep us resilient, both mentally and physically. Even walking 30-40 minutes three times a week can have a positive impact on our mental health, improving brain function while also helping with healthy aging, balance, and cardiovascular health.

If you’re looking to maximize the effectiveness of your workouts while minimizing the time you spend on them, schedule a personal training session with a Mercy Fitness Center fitness professional. It’s OK to admit that you need support with your fitness plan, and having that support could also help improve your outlook and mindset.