Movement and Exercise

Millions of people have discovered the stress-relieving power of exercise. When your body feels better, your mind does too. You don’t even need a gym membership to benefit from exercise. A short walk or five minutes of jumping rope can turn your day around.

Experts tell us that movement and exercise relieve pent-up stress, release hormones that make you feel good, and increase blood flow to your brain. Exercise helps relieve depression and anxiety because it:

  • Increases your sense of mastery
  • Increases your energy level
  • Improves your self-esteem
  • Provides distractions from worries
  • Improves physical health
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Helps get rid of stress and frustration

You can add movement and exercise in your daily life. These efforts may seem like small steps, but they all add up to better physical and mental health.

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Ride your bike to work.
  • Go for a walk around your office building after lunch.
  • Move faster as you shop.

You may be out of shape, but you are not alone. Start slow and in moderation. Remember to stretch. Drink plenty of water. And check with your doctor first, to understand your physical limits.


  • Schedule time for exercise and put it on your calendar.
  • Find an activity you enjoy.
  • Find a workout buddy.
  • If you miss a day of exercise, don’t give up.
  • Reward yourself.

If you need a guide to help you down the pathway, or if you feel that you need immediate assistance, call the Front Porch at 901.762.8558.

This Is Your Brain on Exercise*

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