Most people are aware that a healthy diet is an essential aspect in reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other common physical problems. Recent scientific evidence also suggests that a good diet may be just as important for our mental health and that a number of conditions, including depression, may be influenced by dietary factors.
Regular exercise can help keep your thinking, learning, and decision-making abilities sharp as you age. It can also reduce your risk of depression and may help you sleep better. Research has shown that doing aerobic or a mix of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities 3-5 times a week for 30-60 minutes can give you these mental health benefits.
Exercise helps take your mind off the daily stressors in life; therefore promoting good mental health. Even if you are not an “athletic” person, some scientific evidence has shown that even lower levels of physical activity can be beneficial.