In the midst of the pandemic, many are experiencing increased stress, difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating, and changes in mood. Over the past several years, we have gained a better understanding of the impact of exercise on the brain and on mental health. We know that physical activity improves your mood, mental health, sleep, concentration, energy, and overall health.
Th current recommendation is for adults to perform at least 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity exercise or 75-150 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise. Additionally, we should strength train at least 2 days a week to achieve the health benefits of physical activity. With gyms closed and recreational sports cancelled, many have lost their outlet to relieve stress. Though traditional exercise options are now be perceived as “limited,” we like to think that movement can be accessible to all. For example, running requires no equipment—just a route, sneakers, and some motivation. Even better, running can be performed outside, independently, and in a socially distant matter.