(39) Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health

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Mental health conditions are becoming more and more prevalent in our world today. Some reasons come explained and some just have no roots to them, but that’s not why we are here today. Physical activity and mental health have been closely linked together by the World Health Organisation (WHO) who define mental health as ‘A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease.'(1)

How Physical activity helps

1. Community-based

In other words, social. Physical activity is encouraged because of the endless benefits that it holds in creating an enjoyable environment for the individual, boosting their confidence and helping them gain a better sense of identity. It acts as a medium through which people create a network and interact with people compatible with them, in turn, giving them that social support they need.

2. State of mind

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that has been shown to impact the moods of a person, low levels of this suggest a ‘bad mood‘. Post-physical activity sessions have shown to alleivate the levels of serotonin in the body uplifting the person’s overall mood.

3. Amour propre

Self-esteem and a sense of self-worth. Engaging in activities that involve minimal stress levels and competitions have been shown to increase the individual’s self-esteem and self-worth, making them feel better from the within.

4. Physical appearance

Strength training, aerobic training and resistance training have multiple benefits in contibuted to one’s physical appearance with muscle gain or weight loss or whatever they aimed at achieving. Obviously, physical appearance is not everything but to a patient suffering from mental health it comes out as a boost to their self-esteem and confidence.

  1. World Health Organisation, 2016. Health Topic – Mental Health [online]. World fckLRHealth Organisation. [viewed 25th May 2020]. Available from: http://www.who.int/topics/mental_health/en/

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