Impacts and Benefits of
Physical Exercises on Mental
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to explain those individual topic with how populations that
benefit and effects on mental health symptoms.
*Populations that benefit and effects on mental health
c. Low self esteem
d. Eating disorder
g. Special populations eg older, disable, younger adults
Depression: Physical exercises modulate the stress mediating HPA
axis and increases the concentration of monoamines.
Self-Esteem: Physical exercises help achieve desired body shape
and increase chances for social interactions.
Anxiety: Physical exercises reduce level of endorphins and
increase levels of Brain-derived neurotropic factor .
Eating disorder; In bulimia nervosa, excess body fat is converted
to glucose and utilized during physical exercises.
OCD: Physical exercises are alternative engagements other than
focusing on compulsions and obsessions.
Schizophrenia: physical exercises reduce the incidence of drug
and substance abuse which cause psychotic symptoms.
Special populations: Physical exercises increase the muscle and
bone strength, therefore improving number of activities the
disabled can perform.
Depression: Physical exercises increase chances for social interaction,
reduces weight gain as side effects of sedentary life and improves stress
Self-Esteem: Physical exercises improve feeling of self worth and positive
Anxiety: Physical exercises reduce mortality rates, the risk of developing
comorbid conditions, reduces the severity of cognitive symptoms and
Eating disorder; in bulimia nervosa, physical exercises reduce weight gained.
OCD: Physical exercises distract patient from stressors, and reduce severity of OCD
Schizophrenia: Physical exercises the risk of comorbid cardiovascular conditions
which Schizophrenia and weight gain side effects of antipsychotics.
Special populations; Exercises lower the limitation to of activity participation among
the disabled and elderly.
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