Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases. Physical activity also can help with stress management and mental health issues. Several randomized controlled trials indicate that regular physical activity can not only serve to protect against symptoms of depression but can also help to reduce those symptoms once they have occurred. Regular physical exercise can also prevent the occurrence of anxiety and anxiety disorders as well as helping to reduce anxiety symptoms.
Please be sure to consult with your health care provider about the types and amounts of physical activity that are right for you.
For more information go to the following sites:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Looking for a park for physical activity? Here’s how to find one:
Find a Massachusetts Park
Find a National Park
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Be Active Your Way
In addition to physical activity, read about other Practices to Manage Stress such as meditation.
Bicycling is great way to stay fit: learn more here: May is Bike Safety Month.
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In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 05/08/2017