Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.                                                                                                                                                                 I Corinthians 6:19-20

If you are a frequent reader of this blog (and thank you, by the way), you know that I believe in the therapeutic effects of vigorous exercise. Recently I spoke with a client about consideration of anti-anxiety medication. I cannot prescribe medication, but I can and do discuss the relative benefits of medication for anxiety and depression.

The decision to take medication for mental health issues is one that should not be taken lightly. However, there can be excellent benefits for many people in taking medications, and they need to be considered as a cost/benefit analysis. The benefit of taking medication versus possible side effects and drug interactions, as well as current physical health all must be considered.

That being said, I let people know that changing brain chemistry can also be done, to good effect, by other means. One of those means is vigorous exercise. Again, this should be done with the advice and consent of the physician they are seeing. If cleared for regular exercise, I recommend that the client find the exercise that fits them best. It might be walking, running, lifting, yoga, martial arts- you name it. The important thing is consistency and dedication.

Finally, I often need to tell my clients that time for exercise is not a luxury- it is a necessity for good physical and mental health.

So, there it is. Hope you find that your exercise is enjoyable, because it surely is helpful.

Prayer: Lord, you have given us complex body/mind interactions that we need to use for our benefit and that of others, Amen

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