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Daily Exercise and Mental Health Benefits

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Exercise is beneficial for improving physical health, but it can also improve mental health.

At Banyan Treatment Centers, we incorporate exercises such as yoga, swimming, equine therapy, and outdoor activities as a part of our holistic approach to addiction and mental health treatment. Exercise can improve the outcome of treatment at a mental health treatment center due to the numerous benefits of exercise.

Mental Health Benefits of Exercising

There is a strong connection between exercise and mental health, because exercise improves mood, self-esteem, and overall cognitive function.[1] Exercise has also been proven to reduce anxiety and depression,[2] which can be vital when it comes to treating addiction and mental health disorders. Staying active and exercising long after completing treatment at an addiction and/or mental health treatment center can improve long-term results. 

What is the Best Exercise for Mental Health?

For the best exercises to reduce anxiety, consider aerobic exercises like jogging, swimming, walking, gardening, dancing, and even cycling. The best exercises to reduce anxiety are also effective in treating depression. The best exercises to treat depression include yoga and outdoor hikes.

Keeping a daily exercise routine can improve your mental health by improving sleep and cognitive functions, making you more alert. We are proud to offer many of the top exercises for mental health at our family of facilities, and we believe that continuing the regular exercise long after completing treatment can improve the long-term results of recovery.

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  1. NCBI - Exercise for Mental Health
  2. NCBI - Exercise: A Neglected Intervention in Mental Health Care?
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.