Numerous studies have demonstrated that exercise improves not only physical health but also mental health. It reduces the chances that someone would experience depression between 17 and 41 percent, a substantial effect that was observed regardless of age and gender, and that holds true across various types of movement, from walking to lifting weight.
Movement doesn’t just help prevent mental illness; it can also treat it. Between 40 and 50 percent of people with depression respond positively to exercise, with an effect that, on a scale of small, medium, or large, is considered large. A similar response rate had been shown for anxiety. These rates are on par with psychotherapy and medication.
Sadly in todays modern society, heroic Individualism’s infatuation with gut-wrenching workouts, external appearance, and “exercise” as punishment has clouded how we think about our bodies and how we ought to use them. But, as you’ll soon see, genuine movement is integral to the practice of groundedness.