An Active, Healthier, Happier You!

Stressed? Horrible state of mind? Physically and mentally drained? If you are a full-time student juggling other responsibilities, it can take a a significant toll on your body and mind! When you're experiencing anxiety and depression it makes it more difficult to cope with the stress of life.


Physical activity (PA) can be the best medicine for you! It has been indicated that habitual physical activity correlates with improved benefits on not only physical health but also mental health. Any form of physical activity (e.g. dancing, strength training, jogging, cross-fit, yoga, etc.) is associated with decreased anxiety and stress levels, mood enhancements, improved self-esteem, and decreased depression. Live an active, healthier, happier you!

Physical Activity and Anxiety

  • Anxiety reduction after physical activity, occurs regardless of intensity, duration and type.
  • Physical activity reduces chemicals that maximize anxiety.
  • Moderate to intense physical activity raises body temperature and reduces muscle tension that leads to a decline in anxiety.

Physical Activity and Self-Esteem

  • Enhanced feelings of control.
  • Changes in the type of person you believe you are & the belief that you can be better.
  • Feeling of competence & self-efficacy.
  • Positive social interactions & feelings of belonging/concept/self-worth.

Physical Activity and Depression

  • Treating depression with physical activity is just as effective as medication and has longer lasting effects.
  • For every 50 minutes of physical activity added each week, the rate of depression falls by 50%.
  • When you participate in physical activity, the body releases endorphins, which trigger positive feelings also known as "runner's high."
  • Physical activity for 20-30 minutes, 3-5 times a week reduces depression significantly.

Physical Activity and Stress

  • Physical Activity improves mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress.
  • Physical activity causes an increase in concentrations of nor epinephrine (a chemical that can moderate the brain's response to stress).
  • A moderate workout can be equivalent to a sleeping pill when needed to increase relaxation when stressed.
  • Physical activity reduces levels of the body's stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol.

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