We are aware of the benefits exercise can have on our physical health, but most people are unaware of the extent at which our mental health can also benefit from exercise. Regular exercise can have a positive impact on depression, anxiety and ADHD. It can also reduce the risk of dementia which is a syndrome related to a decline of brain function and Alzheimer’s disease which is the most common type of dementia.

Additionally, exercise helps us relieve stress, helps us sleep better and boosts our mood. There is science behind exercise boosting our overall mood because when we exercise we release endorphins which are powerful chemicals in our brains that are released and make us feel good and relaxed. Although, a large amount of exercise does not have to be completed in order for us to notice these positive affects a small amount of exercise can help to relieve tension and stress, boost physical and mental health and wellbeing. Exercise can also result in increasing your self-esteem and self-confidence. This is due to you possibly losing weight and building muscle, seeing physical changes because of exercise will make you want to continue.  

Some people are becoming less active due to the development in technology, spending more time on their phones instead of focusing their time doing exercise that can benefit their physical and mental health. Either choosing to set a fitness goal or simply just doing a small amount of exercise on a regular basis can have huge positive effect.