The benefits of exercise on mental health

Exercising isn’t just about improving our physical health. Here we discuss the benefits it can have on our mental well-being, from combating stress to boosting brain power.

The latest scientific research points to moderate levels of exercise being a ‘miracle drug’ not just for physical health, but for mental health, too. Interestingly, studies monitoring people over time show that those with lower fitness levels experience higher levels of depression and anxiety.

Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) updated its global physical activity guidelines. In brief, any form of movement is better than nothing – logically, the most sedentary among us have the most to gain. These guidelines recommend that all adults should be aiming to do 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity or 75-150 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic exercise every week, or an equivalent combination of the two.

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