The Positive Effects of Exercise

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By: Elizabeth Dolin

When asked why someone exercises, the common answer is “for his or her physical health”. However, research has proven that regular exercise for long periods of time can have lasting positive effects on one’s mental health as well. Exercise is believed to increase the amount of endorphins in the brain. The endorphins have the same effect as morphine, and help the individual perceive pain, in order and decrease the amount of pain felt by the individual. Research has also shown that exercise increases different neurotransmitters in the brain that also increased by antidepressant medications. Therefore, exercise can help alleviate stress and other symptoms that occur in different mental disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

Below are some other reasons why I encourage you to go out and exercise:

  • It makes you feel good.
  • It helps you sleep better at night.
  • It decreases your stress levels.
  • It increases your self esteem.
  • It increases your energy.
  • It improves your mood.
  • It reduces tiredness.

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