(MENAFN-Gulf Times) Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) is raising awareness of the benefits of exercise not only for individuals’ physical health but also for their mental health. Exercise helps improve mood, increases concentration, reduces stress and depression, improves sleeping habits, increases self-confidence and self-confidence, and improves leadership skills.
“There is a strong relationship between a person’s state of mind and the exercise performed,” Dr. Lamya Salah al-Din al-Shafi, general practitioner at PHCC’s Omar Bin Al Khattab Health Center.
‘If you want to feel happy and relaxed, you should do various physical activities, such as walking, swimming, cycling, etc. ,” she explained.
Numerous studies have proven that doing various physical activities three to five times a week for at least 30 minutes can have mental health benefits, as well as reducing stress and depression, as physical activity relieves the mind of tension and stress. diaries, as well as negative thoughts.
Exercise also lowers levels of stress hormones in the body and stimulates “happy hormones” such as dopamine and serotonin – chemicals released by the brain during exercise that help control mental status and prevent anxiety, depression, fear and pain, in addition to providing a sense of well-being. feeling of pleasure.
Dr al-Shafi noted that exercise and other types of physical activity improve sleep quality, helping you sleep faster and deeper, which improves mental expectations the next day, as well as improving your overall mood. She advised people not to exercise before bed, as exercise often activates the body, which makes it difficult to fall asleep.
Regular exercise builds self-confidence, boosts self-esteem, and increases your ability to handle pressure. It also improves physical appearance and provides strength and energy. In fact, “a relationship has been found between participation in football, baseball, and basketball teams and the development of leadership skills,” she noted.
Dr al-Shafi advises people who plan to exercise not to think twice, wear appropriate clothing, choose different types of exercise to avoid boredom, exercise in groups to motivate each other, and avoid eating foods high in fat, as increases body sugar and encourages laziness and lethargy.
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