Heather and Gabriel are based in SouthWest Virginia. Heather is a Licensed professional Counselor in the state of virginia and Gabriel is a resident in counseling.

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Ep. 028: Understanding the benefits of exercise

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Our journey into self betterment continues with this episode on exercise. Heather and Gabriel will discuss the benefits of exercise for ourselves and our clinical population.  A resource that is repeatedly cited in the is episode is “Spark” by John Ratey.  Topics discussed include:

  • Definition of Exercise
  • The research on the effects of exercise on depression
  • Reasons why exercise is not widely embraced for medical treatment
  • Top 9 benefits of exercise:
  1. Builds a strong cardiovascular system
  2. Regulates fuel/glucose
  3. Reduces obesity
  4. Elevates stress threshold. Bolsters resilience to stress, depression, anxiety
  5. Lifts your mood
  6. Boosts the immune system
  7. Fortifies your bones
  8. Boosts motivation
  9. Increase in Neuroplasticity
  • Concerns regarding exercise addiction



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