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The Club, Issue #006
August 21, 2020
Newsletter Issue #06 - August 2020
I hope everyone is continuing to enjoy a relaxing summer and gearing up for school to start...in whatever way!
In this newsletter, you'll find...
📍How Exercise Helps Your Mental Health
📍Super Speedy Strength Workout
📍Fruit Smoothie Breakfast Bowl
📍Stress Management Resources
Physical Activity for Mental HealthWell, it seems as if this pandemic isn’t going away any time soon. Rates of depression and anxiety are sky high right now due to the current state of the world and I hope you are holding up ok. If you are struggling, physical activity in any form can improve your mental health in various ways. It can be calming or energizing depending on the type of exercise and what you need to get from it.
Most of us know the short-term lift in mood that an exercise session can give us but the long-term mental health benefits of regular physical activity are just as important.
There is a common misconception that “mind” and “body” are separate which implies that mental and physical health can or should be separated. And maybe they can but they shouldn’t be.
There is increasing evidence that a regular exercise routine can reduce the likelihood of depression and anxiety, reduce stress and help maintain our mental health as we age.
Part of how this works is because exercise increases blood flow to all parts of the body, including the brain which improves neural health which in turn improves neural connections. And even small amounts of exercise are beneficial.
The trick is to find the type of exercise that works for you. If you view exercise as a punishment or “requirement” then that isn’t going to be too good for your mental health. If you find exercise that you enjoy, whether it’s yoga, running, kickboxing, kayaking or lifting heavy stuff, it will be a form of stress relief for you. Exercise can help focus your thoughts, burn off anxious energy, lighten your mood, help you sleep better and relax your mind. All of which are positive things for yourself and the people around you.
So in this stressful time, find ways to be physically active. Even if its just a walk around the block.
Fruit Smoothie Breakfast BowlWe eat smoothie bowls for breakfast during the summer a lot. My middle school-aged daughter loves them! We make ours dairy free but you can put whatever you want or have on hand in them. Our toppings change depending on what we have in the house. This recipe is very simple...
1 frozen banana Handful of fresh strawberries About 1/2 cup of almond milk
Blend it all together and pour in a bowl. Top with chopped almonds, shredded coconut, blueberries and dried mango.
Stress Management ResourcesIf you're struggling with stress management and your mental health during this crazy time then consider some of these resources on YouTube:
Daily Calm offers 10 minute guided mediations you can do anywhere.
Yoga with Adriene offers a variety of yoga videos designed for everyone.
Taiflow offers short videos to introduce beginners to the meditative art of Tai Chi.
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