When it comes to mental illness, a host of symptoms may be present; irritability, fatigue, depression, anxiety, hypertension, headaches and more can easily invade your world, making it difficult to complete daily functions. What most people don’t typically consider along with mental illness is physical fitness; you may be thinking, “If I’m depressed, why should I go work out? That’s the opposite of what I feel like doing.” Despite the symptoms you experience, physical fitness can be an excellent way to overcome some of the barriers you face with mental illness.

Mental illness can bring about a plethora of physical symptoms, such as abdominal pain, weight gain, soreness, lack of flexibility, weakened muscle tone, digestive issues, and more. In fact, these are all experiences that contributor Caiti Gearsbeck described on mental health website The Mighty; she explained that after being sent to bed rest and physical therapy by her doctor, her depression has lightened up a little, she lost some weight, and she became more flexible. Exercise has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression; alongside nutrition therapy, you could be off to a great start in recovery.

As emphasized in a study titled “Role of Physiotherapy in Mental Health Disorders”, many people with mental illness experience low self-esteem, emotional distress, poor body image, sense of hopelessness, chronic stress, and anxiety. These factors can contribute to other significant health implications such as diabetes and obesity when not treated accordingly. Literature supporting physical fitness has shown that it can correlate positively with self-satisfaction and social adjustments – how is this so?

Regular exercise makes the heart and bones stronger, while keeping weight under control and boosting our energy levels. Oxygen capacity and muscle tone are also strengthened; many people feel better when these factors are enhanced, as they feel their appearance enhances, too. There’s no doubt that someone who feels better, looks better – and this is because they are generally happier.

Studies have shown that exercise increases the endorphins associated with feelings of happiness and well-being, while reducing cortisol production, the hormone associated with stress and anxiety. If you have a mental illness – rethink fitness; speak with a representative at a reputable treatment center today to learn more about how fitness can become a part of your recovery treatment program.

Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.



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