How Exercise During the Pandemic Effects Anxiety and Your Sleep
The benefits of consistent physical activity are too many to count and perhaps chief among these is brain function. Of course, the pandemic made regular fitness a greater challenge for many people, particularly those who frequented a local gym or health club. As the threat of COVID-19 diminishes with vaccine distribution nationwide, an article from IHRSA reviewed three new studies that examined links between low physical activity during COVID-19 to anxiety and depression, the potential for exercise to improve sleep quality in older adults, and how higher objectively measured fitness and strength levels lower the odds of anxiety and depression. Ultimately, the researchers concluded that “physical activity programs should be encouraged, given that they respect the required social distancing to contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2.” Read more.