General Article Exercise and mental health – the benefits of exercise on mental health

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Exercise plays a large part in physical and mental health. Getting up and active can have some great benefits for your general wellbeing, and luckily, you don’t have to start a rigorous training plan. Instead, small amounts of activity, from taking the stairs to walking to the bus stop, can help.

The benefits of exercise on mental health

Exercise is shown to have many benefits including energy increase, self-esteem boost, better sleep, promoting relaxation, and stronger resilience. One of the biggest advantages of exercise is the stimulation of chemicals in the brain which can promote growth of new brain cells, prevent age related cognitive decline and aid concentration. Exercise releases endorphins, the so-called ‘feel good’ chemical, known for boosting moods.

This is not to say exercise will solve any mental health symptoms. Instead, exercise is likely to alleviate some of the symptoms, even if only for a short while. If you are concerned about your wellbeing, speak to a professio...

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