The Mental Benefits Of Physical Exercise

We all know perfectly well by now about the physical health benefits of exercise – let’s face it, that’s the entire reason the concept was invented. Enjoying these benefits is without a doubt a major part of why any of us will take up exercising. With that said, it might be worth looking more closely at an equally important aspect of health, that can also be boosted by exercise. That, of course, is our mental health – a topic about which we should all be perfectly aware by now, but which still finds itself relegated all too often behind physical fitness and ailments.

How does exercise boost our mental health? How often should we be looking to fit in a workout, and what benefits will we see? Perhaps most importantly from a saliency point of view, what are the mental health implications of exercise while in quarantine? Let’s look at some of the key facts that should motivate you as you seek to get fit in body and mind.

Exercise elevates mood, even if you don’t want to do it!

Many of us are skeptical about exercise, because it is physical exertion and is harder than whatever the alternative is. In short, it seems like an effort we don’t want to expend, and it can be hard to talk someone into exercising (even if that someone is you). But here’s the deal – any spell of physical exertion will leave you feeling better mood-wise than the same spell watching TV or looking at your phone.

Even simply going for a walk is better physically and mentally than staying in place – so put some headphones in and get to work; you’ll be glad you did. Some physical exercise that raises the pulse, at least once a day, will make a big difference to your mental health

Stress-busting benefits are unmistakable

Stress is everywhere: we are stressed by our jobs, by the lack of jobs, by the global outlook, and by any number of issues in our personal lives. All of us are affected to a greater or lesser extent by stress (some more than others, without a doubt), and it is detrimental to our health on a number of fronts. Not only does exercise release endorphins, which help our minds and bodies beat stress, but it can also combat the restlessness that is a major symptom of the issue.

Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand – with positive results

A major benefit of exercising well is that it ensures your body will give you worthwhile feedback that you can action for a positive benefit. For example, if you hop on the exercise bike and then cramp up after a short spell, it likely means you’re not getting enough hydration and/or electrolytes in your diet. As a side benefit of upping your water intake, you’re likely to feel mentally sharper and less prone to low moods and anxiety.

Once you start to factor exercise into your considerations, you start to think in a more concrete way about wellness, look at the likes of Steel supplements to up your nutrient intake, and the benefits will be felt on physical and mental fronts alike. Some simple quarantine workouts can really make a difference on all levels.

Although you’ll sometimes feel like exercise is the last thing you want to do, getting it done has so many benefits that, after a short spell, you’ll wonder how you could do without it – so persevere and you’ll feel much better for it.

Star Trek : Strange New Words Announced

We seem to be getting a lot of Star Trek theses days on television even if the movie world has been let without a proper answer (as to will we see another Trek movie any time soon). Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will be a fresh addition to the franchise. CBS All Access has announced a fifth new series called Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which will star Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock. The trio originally appeared in said roles on Star Trek: Discovery season 2. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will be set aboard the famed USS Enterprise a decade before Captain Kirk’s time — a similar starting point as Star Trek: Discovery — and follow the aforementioned three in Spock, Pike, and Number One as “they explore new worlds around the galaxy.”

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds co-creator and executive producer Akiva Goldsman is also the writer on the first episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, off a story by Jenny Lumet, Kurtzman, and himself. Lumet, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth also serve as executive producers on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds in addition to Goldsman, Kurtzman, and Alonso Myers. Aaron Baiers, Akela Cooper, and Davy Perez will serve as co-executive producers. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is a production of CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout, and Roddenberry Entertainment.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds joins an ever-growing list of Trek series on CBS All Access, alongside the aforementioned Star Trek: Discovery, which kicked things off in September 2017, followed by Star Trek: Picard in January 2020. Beyond that, we’ve the animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks, from Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty), and the Michelle Yeoh-led spin-off series from Star Trek: Discovery writing duo Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt. And if we’re counting Trek for kids, there’s an animated series in the works at Nickelodeon as well.

There’s no word on a filming start date, let alone a release date, on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. There’s also no word on the international platforms for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. (CBS All Access is only available in the US, Australia, and Canada). Previous Trek shows are split between Netflix (Discovery) and Amazon Prime Video (Picard) in India.

Both Discovery and Picard share a highly serialized format, however, the new series set on Captain Pike’s U.S.S. Enterprise promises a return to classic Trek storytelling. In the announcement video from yesterday, Strange New Worlds star Anson Mount (Captain Pike) described the new series as a “classic Star Trek show that deals with optimism and the future.”

Here is what I want – more episodic and more optimism, Klingons, Vulcans, Andorians, Tellerites & Orions, no changing of cannon, stop messing with the Klingons, introduce new interesting alien races and perhaps bring them as recurring characters, cut out lens flares and finally and more importantly, bring back the excitement & fun elements.