How Physical Exercise Affects Mental Health

While the physical health benefits of exercise are frequently discussed, the psychological benefits are often overlooked. Exercise can also be beneficial for mental health.

Physical activity may help to prevent negative mental health symptoms. Studies have shown that exercise can improve the symptoms of many existing health issues, including mental health.

Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health

  • Mental health professionals often prescribe exercise as part of the treatment for mental health conditions.
  • Exercise can relieve many of the symptoms of depression, such as fatigue, tension, and anger.
  • Exercise decreases sensitivity to the body’s reaction to anxiety, as well as decreases the intensity of panic attacks.
  • A regular exercise program can help reduce symptoms of other common co-occurring medical conditions.

Types of Exercises

There are many types of exercise that can improve mental health inclusive of weightlifting, cardiovascular training (eg running, rowing & cycling) and group fitness classes. It’s important to engage in exercises that you enjoy doing and feel comfortable completing. This will increase your commitment and willingness to maintain attendance, which will in turn provide you with the results that you are seeking and deserve!

So what are you waiting for?

Visit your local PCYC Queensland Gym+Fitness centre and view the facilities, equipment and opportunities that they can provide you and your family.