Increased Energy levels – People that struggle with mental health and addiction issues often experience low energy levels that may stem from depression or another co-occurring disorder. Regular exercise can significantly boost energy levels and reduce feelings of fatigue.
Self-Image – Stress and inactivity that stem from mental health issues can lead to weight gain and poor skin health; exercise, with proper nutrition, can lead to weight loss and improved skin health. Many people will gain a feeling of accomplishment which can be esteem building, leading to a more positive outlook.
Physical Pain Relief – Although physical pain is quite subjective and can vary from person to person, studies have shown that physical activity can reduce chronic pain, increasing a person’s quality of life. Studies have shown that aerobic exercise can even increase a person’s tolerance to pain.
Emotional Regulation – Another benefit of exercise for people who struggle with mental health issues is boosting a person’s mood and enhancing more positive thoughts. Studies have shown that exercise may be an often-neglected intervention in mental health care.
Relaxation and Sleep – whether an exercise routine is focused on resistance training or aerobic exercise, another benefit of regular exercise is a better quality of sleep.
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