Exercise for Mental Health

Exercise for Mental Health

Lifestyle modification can assume great importance in individuals with mental illnesses. The importance of exercise is not adequately understood or appreciated. Evidence has suggested that exercise may be an often neglected intervention in mental health care. According to researchers, exercise improves mental health by reducing depression, anxiety, and negative moods. It has also been found to improve self-esteem and cognitive function. Health benefits from regular exercise that should be emphasizes and reinforces by every mental health professional to their patients include:

  • Improved sleep
  • Better endurance
  • Stress relief
  • Weight reduction
  • Reduced tiredness
  • Increase mental alertness

To learn more on how exercise can improve mental health, visit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1470658/

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