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From the Health & Wellness Experts at Cooper Aerobics

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Manager's Message

The Cooper Institute has performed extensive research from its database of more than 100,000 Cooper Clinic patients to determine the impact of exercise on the symptoms of depression and anxiety. The research showed two basic things: that exercise can be effective in treating and preventing mild to moderate depression, and that effectiveness grows stronger the more you exercise.

Exercise and Mental Health

Studies have found that regular exercise can help improve mental health. It can help manage the symptoms of depression, as well as anxiety and low self-esteem. Regular exercise can also help in overcoming addictions and controlling weight. And unlike some treatment plans, exercise does not have to be a strict regimen. Any type of exercise is beneficial for mental and physical health, so take part in activities you enjoy. Go for a swim, take a dance class, practice yoga, run or go for a long walk. As long as you are moving, your mind and body are feeling the effects.

CLICK HERE read more about the benefits of exercise for your mental health!

The Role of Diet and Exercise in Improving Mental Health

Mental illness has seen a sharp increase since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Laura DeFina, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cooper Institute, discusses research on the impact of diet and exercise on mental health disorders. Read more.

Foods to Improve Your Well-Being

You may know what you put on your plate can nourish your body, but did you know certain foods can also boost your mental health? Read about your "second brain"—the gut—and how giving some thought to what you eat can improve your mood. Read article.


Mindful Breathing session 

Mindful breathing can relieve stress and tension, lower blood pressure, and help you to feel better in just minutes.  Try this video to see how much better you can feel:

Mindful Breathing


Mindful eating can help you to enjoy your food more by staying in the present moment and, perhaps, reaching satiety with less food.  

Mindful Eating 

25-Minute Circuit Routine

Minimal equipment is needed for this efficient, heart-pumping, muscle-building workout. Grab your resistance bands for a 25-minute circuit workout.  Watch Exercise Move video.