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Benefits of Physical Activity for Mental Illness

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It has been estimated by WHO that an average of 1 in every four people around the globe will be diagnosed or will suffer from disorders related to mental illnesses at some point in their life. As newer, more recent studies are being carried out, stronger affiliations are being made of an active nature between physical activity and psychological conditions.

Indulging yourself in exercise has been established to help with avoiding and improving the psychological conditions of those suffering from depression, ADHD, anxiety and more. Researchers indicate that regardless of one’s fitness level or even age, the most time spent exercising can sow the seeds for better physical and mental health.

Mentioned below are just a few out of the many psychological disorders which can be avoided or reduced via the appropriate amount of exercise being carried out daily.

  1. Reduces Anxiety

Considered as being a treatment for anxiety reduction, Endorphins are released within our body via physical activity. Endorphins aid with releasing stress and tension while it enhances the mental energy, as well as increases the well-being of the individual.

By including the factor of mindfulness through exercising, one can fully focus on their mind, body as well as the soul. Thus not only eradicating the habit of always worrying causing anxiety but also enhance your physical capability and condition.

  1. Reduction of depression

Ever since the suicide of Robin Williams—a world renowned comedian and actor—psychological illnesses such as depression have been highlighted to avoid any further incidents. It has been established by numerous studies that moderate to mild cases of depression can effectively be treated via exercise just as well as anti-depressants.

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Regular physical activity has been known to enhance brain activity by developing an increase in neural growth and reducing inflammation of brain tissues or cells. Chemicals in the form of Endorphins are also released which help with doubling the production of energy within the human body, making a person feel energized rather than unmotivated.

  1. Decrease the symptoms of ADHD

Daily exercise can be used as a method of treatment for ADHD since it helps with increasing the standard and level of concentration, motivation as well as the mood of individuals. Levels of Dopamine, Serotonin, and Norepinephrine have also been noticed to have increased, all of which increase attention as well as focus.

Thus, exercise has been proven to work the same way as Ritalin—the medication used for those suffering from ADHD.

  1. Decreases the chances of Cognitive decline

As our bodies age, so does our brain. With the passing years, our minds tend to get a bit hazy and the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer’s sets in—which causes the loss of efficient functioning of our brain.

Although exercise cannot treat or cure Alzheimer’s, it can, however, decrease the chances of degeneration and decline of Hippocampus, which is essential for our learning along sharp memory.

There are so many more psychological benefits of carrying out exercise on a daily basis in particular between the ages of 20-50. Most importantly of all, Exercise and carrying out a healthy lifestyle can help with boosting self-confidence which is considered as the foundation of a healthy Psychological state of mind.

Author Bio:

This post was written by Beth Martel. She is a mother of two, a medical professional and a humanitarian. She blogs at HealthyRecharge.com and TheSmartLad.com.