Episode #173: Movement for Mom’s Mental Health with Kelly McGonigal

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Stephanie chats with best-selling author Kelly McGonigal, PhD, about her latest book, The Joy of Movement. Her book explores why movement is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Their conversation focuses on the importance of movement for moms, offering practical tips to remove barriers to exercise and sharing how movement helps moms become more resilient to stress, feel more connected to those around them, reduce postpartum anxiety and depression, and so much more.


Topics Discussed:

  • How exercise changes your brain and physiology as well as helps you connect and bond with others for better relationships
  • Why choosing the type of exercise (and music!) helps you to feel the emotional state you’ve craving
  • How long it takes to receive benefits from exercising
  • How to get excited about working out and reduce the need for willpower
  • Why exercising early in the day is so good for parents’ mental health
  • How to model a joyful relationship with exercise for your family
  • Science-based reasons for why exercise is not only self-care, but also a gift to everyone else in your life

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