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Exercise and mental health

The benefits of exercise on mental health

Physical activity is an often-overlooked intervention for helping certain mental health conditions. Aerobic exercise such as jogging, walking, cycling and swimming have been proven to help reduce anxiety and depression.[v] Exercise improves blood flow to the brain and is believed to positively affect various regions of the brain that deal with stress, mood, and motivation.

 

Health benefits of regular physical activity include:

 

Improved sleep

Increased interest in sex

Better endurance

Stress relief

Improvement in mood

Increased energy and stamina

Reduced tiredness that can increase mental alertness

Weight reduction

Reduced cholesterol and improved cardiovascular fitness

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