If you need a review of the research regarding the benefits of cardiovascular exercise, there’s plenty of that available on the Internet. Quite simply, I encourage my clients to exercise because it, directly, helps them feel better. Regular cardio exercise adds a cushiony layer to our foundation. This layer helps to increase our resilience, emotional hits just don’t have the same level of impact when we have regular exercise as part of our foundation.
If someone says to me, “I’m feeling depressed (or anxious) and I don’t exercise,” my response is likely to be “Yes, that sounds about right.” I don’t know how anyone can expect to have a healthy mind when their bodies are neglected.
Its very simple, if you want to have a chance at having a healthy emotional/mental body, take care of your physical body. If you’re currently sedentary, get up and start walking, not strolling but walking like you mean it. Gradually increase the duration from 10 minutes until you get up to 30-45 minutes/day. As your level of fitness improves (and it will) you can increase the intensity of your walks. After a while, you will begin to feel an increased lightness in your body and heart that, to me, describes the concept of well-being.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”