An entry published in recent years by the American Psychological Association is entitled “The exercise effect”. Kristen Weir outlines the often standard belief in the mental health world that exercise is not only good for mental and physical well being but that it should be part of the treatment for psychological problems such as depression and anxiety. There is evidence that a person can feel the positive effects of exercise within “minutes”. Numerous people have stories about their own routines of walking or running that contribute to positive mood and stress reduction.
However there are many who don’t really enjoy exercise and certainly don’t want to step foot in a gym. That’s their style and personal preference – like anything else. So then the challenge becomes – What does work for you if you want to get your body in a fitness routine or work toward conditioning and overall fitness. It’s important for each person to find their own niche. Not everyone wants to ride a bike, not everyone enjoys a walk or run in the park.
What we do know is that exercise in many forms has advantages when done properly – in line with a person’s age, condition and background. So perhaps the task is to determine what is right for you.