Sport & exercise
Regular physical activity is good for your body, reducing the risk that you’ll develop high blood pressure, heart disease, colon cancer or diabetes.
Exercise is also good for your mind. Regular activity can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Plus, staying active helps people maintain their strength, flexibility and endurance as they age.
Fortunately, brisk walking and other forms of regular moderate activity seem to be just as effective as more rigorous workouts when it comes to promoting psychological health.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
What You Can Do
Making lifestyle changes that last
Starting small, focusing on one behavior at a time and support from others can help you achieve your exercise or other health-related goals.
Exercise fuels the brain's stress buffers
Exercise may lower rates of anxiety and depression by helping the brain cope better with stress.
Working out builds the mind's muscles
Exercise may make your mind stronger along with your body.
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Concussions and how a neuropsychologist helps
By understanding concussions, you can prevent further damage and potentially devastating consequences.
The key to making lasting lifestyle and behavioral changes: Is it will or skill?
With help from family, friends or a psychologist, you can develop willpower and stay on track with your goals.
Sport psychologists help professional and amateur athletes
Sport psychologists can help you overcome problems, enhance your performance and achieve your goals.
Sport psychology off the field
Sport psychology techniques like visualization, cognitive restructuring and deep breathing can also help you on the job.
Young and fit? You'll be old and sharp
April 2, 2014, NBC News
NFL hopes camp for moms will prevent concussions in kids
March 24, 2014, CBS News
Activity levels in mothers and children 'directly linked'
March 24, 2014, BBC News
Differences in a single gene may influence recovery from traumatic brain injury
February 27, 2014, Fox News
Most teens aren't active enough, and it's not always their fault
February 3, 2014, NPR
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