Types of Exercise
The way that people respond to exercise can vary, and because of this no one type of exercise will be right for everyone.
One of the interesting findings of this study on exercise to enhance mood and treat depression and bipolar disorder was that aerobic and anaerobic exercise may be needed depending on the exact symptoms.
For aerobic exercises, this study found that jogging, swimming, cycling, walking, dancing and even outdoor chores, like gardening, are good ways to reduce anxiety and cause an increase in exercise-induced blood
As for anaerobic exercise, short sprints or an occasional game of basketball or soccer can be good for your heart or mood, too (when social distancing isn’t in effect), but it’s also important not to overdo it.
While any form of exercise is better than none at all, getting outdoors to exercise can have additional benefits and help to:
- Lower stress
- Make you feel happier
- Provide much needed Vitamin D.
If gaining mental benefits of exercise and boosting your mood are your top priorities, you’ll want to avoid overtraining or long periods of intense physical exercise, which has actually shown to have negative effects on the brain and your health overall.