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Hello, forgive me if this is the wrong section but I thought it would be the most appropriate.

I was just hoping to get some opinions and information on whether or not exercise (might as well include eating healthy too) relating to improving your mental wellbeing is all it's cracked up to be.

I haven't done too much research really but from what I gather, usually the common factor is just that exercising helps improve blood flow and the function of various arteries/body parts.

I don't doubt it does help some. I'm just wondering if it really makes a (worthwhile) improvement - specifically with mental health. I have 4 fractured vertebrae, along with various mental health issues, (anxiety etc.) which makes exercise very difficult both physically and mentally. So if comfortably staying inside most of the time rather than going through the physical/mental pain of exercising daily really isn't going to make that much of a (worthwhile) difference, I would of course prefer it.

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For me, aerobic exercise helps A LOT. I do water aerobics. It gets me out and loosens ups my arthritic shoulders. You have a unique situation with your vertebrae.
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I find that it helps me a lot (even when I don't feel like doing it). If the physiological effects of exercise don't help, the act of getting out and prioritizing my mental health and also taking a break from the day helps. (I think the physiological effects help, too).

Running has those benefits for me. When I don't run, I start feeling like crap; it's true.

Now that I think of it, I think that's why I am in a dreadful mood right now; I haven't run for a few days.
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I too get hung up on the exercise thing but tend to lean towards activity in general being good for mental health. I need to get back to exercising(recovering from surgery atm) but I am not a person who can be still or sedentary or inactive. I am always running errands and involved with my kids, and have a strong social network(due to AA). I wish sometimes that my activity level included more cleaning because I am always behind on something but in general I try to keep my mind engaged with activity in addition to doing things.
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I didn't used to think it helped, but I recently have noticed that when I begin my day with vigorous exercise, my day's moods are much better than on days that I did not start at the gym.


For your situation I would strongly suggest consulting either or both a physical therapist or physical trainer who specializes with injuries (If you can find a physical therapist who is also a certified trainer, that would be awesome. I would see both, if it were I.) Those types would be most helpful in developing an exercise plan that works for your body's specific issues.
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Yes... exercising saved my life. I used to be extremely malnourished and basically skin and bone. Went from 140 to 185, eating health and lifting regularly for 5 years now. That coupled with some good fish oil and Black seed oil will do wonders.
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