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Exercising for your Mental Health

Mental Health and Exercise

Have you moved your body today?

What does exercise have to do with our brain and mood?

  • Anxiety is decreased by exercise.

  • Depression is decreased by exercise.

  • Negative mood is decreased by exercise.

  • Social withdrawal is decreased by exercise.

  • Self esteem is increased by exercise.

There is less anxiety, better mood and increased self esteem (that also increases your confidence & more positive outlook on life and towards stressful situations) are all effected positively by exercise.


10 minutes walking improves mental clarity, alertness, mood and energy. Aim to make sure you walk at-least ten minutes before an examination or public presentation. It always boosts alertness and confidence beforehand.

Positive effect:

Walking, jogging, gardening, cycling, dancing; decrease anxiety and have a positive effect on our mood.

Aerobic exercises, including jogging, swimming, cycling, walking, gardening, and dancing, have been proved to reduce anxiety and depression.

Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal (Guskowska, 2004).

Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. Even a short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood.

Physical activity can help lower levels of anxiety in people with minor symptoms. It may also be helpful for treating anxiety. Physical activity helps your mood and anxiety, who else wouldn't want that?

If you want any additional information about exercise and mental health, send Ripon Physio Co. an email. We would be happy to help.

Ripon Physio Co.

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Alfermann, D. & Stoll, O. (2000). Effects of Physical Exercise on Self-Concept and Wellbeing. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 31, 47–65.

Salmon, P. (2001). Effects of Physical Activity on Anxiety, Depression, and Sensitivity to Stress: A Unifying Theory. Clinical Psychology Review, 21 (1), 33–61.

Rimer, J., Dwan, K., Lawlor, D., Greig, C., McMurdo, M., Morley, W. & Mead, G.E. (2012). Exercise for depression. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. Contract No.: Art. No.: CD004366.

Conn, V.S. (2010). Anxiety outcomes after physical activity interventions: meta-analysis findings. Nursing Research, 59 (3), 224–231.

Asmundson, G.J.G., Fetzner, M.G., DeBoer, L.B., Powers, M.B., Otto, M.W. & Smits, J.A.J. (2013). Let’s get physical: a contemporary review of the anxiolytic effects of exercise for anxiety and its disorders. Depression and Anxiety, 30 (4), 362–373.

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