Exercise for mental health during Covid-19 lockdown.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made a huge influence on our life. This has driven the world into a new normal. The occasional visits to our relatives or friend’s home have now come to a pause and we all are confined to our homes again. During these tough times, taking care of our mental health is as indispensable as protecting ourselves from the pandemic. Mental health wellness is currently vital. Many people have been turning to online resources for mental wellbeing.

Aynus Antony is a celebrity fitness trainer who engages as personal trainer for Mohanal, Vishnu Unnikrishnan & Bibin George among others. He advocates a solution that will help you get a grip on the situation — Exercise. He answers some of the most common questions about exercise and mental health in an interview with our team.

Is exercise really useful for the mind as people say. It only helps the body right?

How much workout do I need to do in order to get the mental health benefits?

Maintaining mindfulness all the while you are doing exercise is an easy way to upgrade the results. If you lack the motivation to do exercise, consider it as a part of your daily routine and lifestyle. For example, picking out something you enjoy along with a healthy diet is enough to keep you on track and boost your energy for exercise.If you are a newbie to physical activities, it will be better to begin with baby steps. Start your daily fitness routine with smaller and simpler tasks. Make incremental changes and improvements over time. You can also keep track of your activity in a book or your smartphone and review it by yourself to provide feedback and analyse your daily progress.

Could you elaborate some of the specific mental health benefits of exercise?

A proper workout routine can make innumerable improvements to your brain. You will be able to create a stronger and bigger hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. Moreover, regular physical exercise or even walking five miles per week can significantly reduce the risk of developing various brain disorders from 30 to 45 percent. A small change in your lifestyle can actually change the trajectory of your life itself. A routine which is helpful for one person may not be suitable for another. So, instead of sticking to the first one that you find, you can try different versions and choose the one apt for you. If you are suffering from a chronic condition consult your physician before starting a new workout routine.

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Aynus Antony is a personal fitness trainer who believes in transforming the lives of his clients so that they are healthier and happier. You can reach him on Instagram @pt_alfred

This article is originally published on Outlook Magazine: https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/outlook-spotlight-celebrity-fitness-trainer-aynus-antony-advocates-exercise-for-mental-health-during-covid-lockdown/385971

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