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Exercise for Mental and Physical Health - The Benefits of Slow-Paced Exercise


There's nothing like some fresh air, sunshine and exercise to help calm an overwhelmed mind or wind down from a stressful day. But exercise doesn't have to be fast-paced or hard on your body to be effective. In fact, there are many physical and mental health benefits to more slow-paced exercises like yoga, Pilates, slow workouts and walking.


Exercises like yoga and Pilates are scientifically proven to help:

  1. Build strength, balance and flexibility.

  2. Assist in breathing.

  3. Benefit heart health.

  4. Reduce inflammatory markers in the body helping to prevent inflammatory diseases.

  5. Reduce chronic pain.

  6. Support strong bones and muscles.

  7. Promote relaxation and deep sleep.

  8. Reduce fatigue and increase energy.

  9. Manage and reduce the symptoms of mental illness such as anxiety and depression.

  10. Ease stress by lowering levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

  11. Improve moods.

  12. Promote self-care and improve quality of life.

What better way to boost your mood and feel good, than doing something to take care of yourself inside and out!


(sources: Healthline, pubmed.gov)

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