Your Mental Health: Exercise & Physical Activity

General Guidelines for Physical Activity in Adults

  • At least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both.

    • Moderate activities include brisk walking, dancing, or bicycling.

    • Vigorous activities include running, swimming, or jumping rope.

    • Be sure to slowly increase the amount and intensity.

  • Muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week.

    • Activities like weight training, using resistance bands, or doing push-ups or planks.

Any physical activity is better than none - try to move more and sit less!

Mental Health Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity

There is a lot of evidence supporting exercise and physical activity to help lessen anxiety and depression symptoms.

Anxiety

Depression

Exercise Combined with Other Treatment