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Benefits of Physical Activity for Mental Health

Physical activity plays a crucial role in an individuals' every day lives since it helps to improve physical and mental wellbeing. It is often misconstrued that "being active" indicates playing a sport or going to the gym, which isn't always the case since there are numerous ways to be active. There are different options that may work for one individual and not the other. Be sure to find the one that works for you. 

Mental wellbeing is an important aspect of our lives which is why being physically active can help to lead individuals to a healthier lifestyle. It can also improve individuals' wellbeing in the simplest ways like taking a 15 minute walk every single day. Being consistent and participating in regular physical activity is important when striving to live a healthy life. Be sure to click here to learn about ideas on various ways to be consistent with physical activity. 

A little each day goes a long way. Physical activity has proven to have a positive impact on mood, stress, self-esteem, and so on. There have been studies that demonstrate individuals' improvements in healthcare have led to an increase in life expectancy. Physical activity can also be an alternative treatment for depression and reduce levels of anxiety for those with mild symptoms. 

Although it may be difficult in the beginning for individuals to create a schedule that fits into busy every day lives, it is important to take initiative, overcome barriers, and make the time to exercise and commit to extra activities that can benefit individuals' health. It may help to start slowly by setting goals to measure progress which can be utilized as motivation. To learn more about the positive impacts physical activity has on mental health, here are some links below. 

1. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/the-mental-health-benefits-of-exercise.htm

2. https://www.waldenu.edu/online-bachelors-programs/bs-in-psychology/resource/five-mental-benefits-of-exercise

3. https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm

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