Proof that exercise is vital to our emotional and mental well being

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Here are some links to articles/studies  which prove that exercise is vital to our emotional and mental well being in many ways.

 

Article from the US National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health – Exercise for Mental Health

“Thirty minutes of exercise of moderate intensity, such as brisk walking for 3 days a week, is sufficient for these health benefits. Moreover, these 30 minutes need not to be continuous; three 10-minute walks are believed to be as equally useful as one 30-minute walk.

Health benefits from regular exercise that should be emphasized and reinforced by every mental health professional to their patients include the following:

  1. Improved sleep
  2. Increased interest in sex
  3. Better endurance
  4. Stress relief
  5. Improvement in mood
  6. Increased energy and stamina
  7. Reduced tiredness that can increase mental alertness
  8. Weight reduction
  9. Reduced cholesterol and improved cardiovascular fitness.”

 

Harvard Report on exercize and depression

PubMed : Depression – Do sports and exercise help?

American Journal of Preventative Medicine – Physical Activity and the Prevention of Depression

American Psychology Association – Exercise Helps Keep Your Psyche Fit

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