Physical and Mental Health are codependent.
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Mental health benefits
Reduced anxiety and happier moods
When you exercise, your brain chemistry changes through the release of endorphins (sometimes called ‘feel good’ hormones), which can calm anxiety and lift your mood
Exercise also helps to reduce feelings of tension, depression, anger and confusion.
Reduced feelings of stress
Some research suggests exercise promotes neurological changes in stress response pathways.
Improved cognitive function
Research shows that moderate exercise can temporarily improve our cognitive functions, including better attention, memory, decision-making and impulse control, even just from exercising once.
When you start to see your fitness levels improves, it can give your self-esteem a big boost. The sense of achievement you get from learning new skills and achieving your goals can also help you feel better about yourself and lift your mood. Improved self-esteem also has a protective effect that increases life satisfaction and can make you more resilient to feeling stressed.
Reduced risk of depression
There is evidence showing that both men and women, who are more physically active, face lower levels of depression. One study found that increasing your activity levels from doing nothing to exercising at least three times a week reduces your risk of depression by almost 20%.
不少研究指出較好動的人，不論男女，都有較少抑鬱的趨勢。其中一個研究指出如果從零運動轉成每星期運動最少三次，將可以減低接近 20% 的抑鬱風險。
Physical health benefits
Reduces risk of some diseases
Health experts suggest that being more active can reduce your risk of developing a stroke or heart disease by 10%, and type 2 diabetes by 30–40%.
Regulates levels of cortisol
Cortisol, also known as the "stress hormone", is released when we face stress. Chronic stress can lead to a wide range of health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and a weaker immune system.
Your body is working more when you are active, which is good for your organs. For example, a stronger heart will help you have lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
Weight-bearing exercises will strengthen your bones and build your muscle, which can reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis.
As your body adapts to increased activity levels you get a natural energy boost, which can make you feel less tired. Research says that even low-intensity activities, e.g. yoga, can help with your energy levels.
Many people find they are able to sleep better at night after having been more active during the day.