8 Ways to Stay Active All Day

“It’s easy to make a resolution to get fit but staying active in all seasons can be a challenge. It can be hard to keep motivated and all kinds of barriers can get in the way of exercise. Whether you’re looking for motivation to start exercising, or are interested in changing up your current routine, here are some strategies to help you stick with your physical activity.”

 

Like most Americans, you probably spend a lot of time sitting — in your car, at your desk, on the couch. Even if you balance out your time in the chair with trips to the gym, research shows that too much sitting can up your risk of breast and colon cancers. Another recent study found that too much time parked in front of the TV may actually take years off your life.

Luckily, it’s easy to counteract the negative effects of sitting by simply moving more. A study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Medical Associationfound that moderate-to-intense physical activity in sedentary children improved the kids’ waist circumference, blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and more across the board…

 

Read more: https://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness-pictures/ways-to-stay-active-all-day.aspx

Can Exercise Prevent Depression?

“Many studies show that people who exercise regularly benefit with a positive boost in mood and lower rates of depression. Doing regular physical activity is a good way to help prevent or manage mild depression. There are many views on how exercise helps people with depression, although the precise reasons are not clear. It is also not yet known which kind of exercise or how much is best or whether the benefits are lost if exercise is stopped.”

Exercise and fresh air have always been folk prescriptions for a glum mood. And most of us have, indeed, felt cheerier after a nice walk or a fun workout. But clinical depression is a different story—could regular exercise prevent a full on depressive episode from occurring? Researchers aimed to find out in a study published this week online in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Here’s the theory of how exercise might help treat or prevent depression or anxiety: We’ve pretty much settled that a lot of clinical depression and anxiety are caused by chronic or severe acute stress, leading to a state of…

 

Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201710/can-exercise-prevent-depression