Physical Activity And Mental Health

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The topic physical activity and mental health is an under researched and unknown topic compared to many other topics in the healthcare field (Fox, 1999). Many factors play into the role of how well the body processes and functions. Physical activity can impact one 's body in a variety of ways. Someone who exercises regularly can have an overall better mental health, relief of stress and anxiety, and a slimmer figure. For most people, exercise or working out is not the first thing that comes to their mind when feeling stressed or anxious. Recent studies show, however, that maybe people should be encouraged to exercise. Scientists are working to determine how much of exercise to prescribe to get an effect, but the general saying is that a little exercise goes a long way. If people exercise for thirty minutes a day, they will relieve a good amount of general stress and anxiety. Recently, scientists have also learned that exercise can also be a treatment for more serious conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Unfortunately, researchers are unsure of how exercise reduces stress levels. One article on realhealth.org describes the research scientists have found, “More than likely, the results stem from a combination of physiological and mental factors, says Steven Petruzzello, a professor of kinesiology and director of the exercise psychophysiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign”. Researches have found that exercise itself is a form
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