May 24, 2022

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Five mental health benefits of exercise

Wondering what the mental health benefits of exercise are? Well, the main side effects are good ones; mental, physical, and cognitive improvements. These benefits can often be underrated as we usually focus on the physical impact but when exercise is taken regularly and with the right intensity it can be incredibly powerful. 

Wherever you get your exercise; on a court, course, pitch, track, pool, or home treadmill, when we do the right amount, it can have a brilliant impact on our psychological well-being.

In this article, chartered sport and exercise psychologist, Josephine Perry, gives Live Science her insights on how exercise improves our mental health and our overall wellbeing.  

Five mental health benefits of exercise: Image of two women taking a break from a workout

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