How Physical Fitness Can Help You Reduce the Risk of Mental Health Disorders

Most of us are aware that exercise has a positive effect on our state of mind. However, more evidence is always beneficial (especially during a pandemic).

A recent study published in BMC Medicine looked at the long-term relationship between physical fitness and common mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression. Over 15,000 participants had their cardiorespiratory and strength fitness levels measured, and their incidence of a common mental health disorder was tracked over a 7-year period.

Key Findings:

Higher cardiorespiratory and strength fitness were both associated with lower odds of developing a mental health disorder

A combination of high cardiorespiratory and strength fitness was associated with the lowest odds of developing a mental health disorder

Main Takeaway:

Engaging in a combination of aerobic and resistance exercises could reduce your risk of developing a mental health disorder over a several-year period.

Move more now…your mental health will thank you later.

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