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The Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health

As part of R U Ok day we’re looking at the benefits of exercise on mental health.

Exercise has been shown to reduce stress and symptoms of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety and help with recovery from mental health issues.

Here are some great benefits of exercise on mental health:

  • Improve your mood – Endorphins are released which are natural chemicals that improve your mood
  • Getting outdoors increases the fresh air and oxygen to your body releasing serotonin
  • Exercise can be very social reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation.
  • It’s great for the brain – increasing oxygen to the brain can help improve memory, protect your brain against injury and disease and can help you think clearly by pumping more blood to the brain
  • Improves sleep by regulating your sleep pattern plus you can be physically tired