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How Exercise Affects our Mental Health


At ADC we appreciate that Physical and Mental health go hand in hand. As much as we like to put things in boxes and separate different systems in the body, the reality is that they are all interconnected. Just like a line of dominos, one thing leads into next and so and so forth. We are living in very psychologically challenging times, and an extremely powerful way you can change your physiological state within minutes is by EXERCISING. Here are just some reasons how exercise impacts your mental health

  • Exercise stimulates the release of “feel good” hormones such as endorphins which boost your mood, relieving depression and anxiety.
  • Exercise controls cortisol levels thus reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the body and brain.
  • Exercise helps you to “get out of your head”. By doing something physical you are able to become more present within your body.
  • Exercise is good for the brain. Moving your body in different and increasingly challenging ways builds new neural connections to be made in the brain and improves cognitive function.
  • Exercising regularly helps you to maintain a healthier, fitter and stronger body which in itself provides you with confidence.
  • Exercise is social. Exercising with others helps builds strong bonds and relationships with others which is great for your mental and physical health.

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