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How does exercise affect mental health?


Posted by Lela D.

Intuitively we all know that exercise makes us feel better, but does anyone know of any scientific studies where exercise is shown to improve mental health, especially mental disorders? Are there any professionals out there who would like to comment?
 
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It's great for your mental health. I'm not a professional, but as a person diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, I've learned that exercise can positively affect your mental health. It boosts the body's serotonin levels, which have an effect on a person's mental well being, from what I understand.
Keep it Simple. Let's take an honest look at what happens when you exercise or eat healthy. You feel better because you are doing something for yourself. This is a very positive goal with just the same repercussions on those around you. Your body feels better, so you feel better. You have a better outlook on life. Keep it simple.
Exercise Just as Good as Medication: Study. There has been scientific research to show that exercise works just as well as anti-depressants in treating depression. (See http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSCOL96941220070919) Besides the release of endorphins, I really don't think the reason behind this is that mysterious: If you aren't exercising, then it's much more easy to get depressed because your body is stagnant and not working as well as it should be. On the spiritual side, exercise moves the prana aka life force, and that can help break up a lot of that stagnant emotional energy that is causing the depression. This is why so many people credit yoga for changing their lives; the exercises done in yoga are specifically designed to move the prana.
Here's that link again (hopefully it works):. http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSCOL96941220070919
Positively. I find that not only does exercise help keep me in shape, I am more emotionally balanced when those endorfins kick in! How do you spell endorfins anyway?
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