It’s no secret that exercise will improve your health and wellness. However, we don’t talk about its positive effects on mental health and relationships nearly enough on this show. Today we’re going to dive in and focus on the benefits of exercise for your relationship so you can start using these tools for improving your life today!

In this episode with Dr. Jennifer Heisz, we discuss relationship advice topics that include:

  • Understanding the connection between your health and your brain
  • How exercise can combat mood disorders like depression and anxiety
  • How to start an exercise routine and keep it
  • Why exercising with your partner will help improve your connection
  • The value of processing negative emotions through exercise
  • Implementing play into your exercise routine
  • The value of dropping an argument and going on a walk together
  • And much more!

Dr. Jennifer J. Heisz is an expert in brain health. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University (ranked Top 25 in the world) and directs the NeuroFit Lab, which has attracted over $1 million to support her research program on the effects of exercise for brain health. Dr. Heisz received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience (McMaster) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Brain Health and Aging at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital (Toronto). Dr. Heisz’s research examines the effects of physical activity on brain function to promote mental health and cognition in young adults, older adults and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Many honors and awards recognize Dr. Heisz for her outstanding contributions to research including the Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario and the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award.

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