How exercise helps mental health – the five key benefits

De-stress

We all get stressed from time to time, but some people get stressed more easily than others.

The Mental Health Foundation explained: “When events occur that make us feel threatened or upset our balance in some way, our body’s defenses kick in and create a stress response, which which can cause us to feel a variety of uncomfortable physical symptoms and cause us to behave differently, and we can also feel emotions more intensely.

“The most common physical signs of stress are sleep problems, sweating and loss of appetite.

“Symptoms like these are triggered by a surge of stress hormones in our bodies – otherwise known as the ‘fight or flight’ response.

“It is these hormones, adrenaline and noradrenaline, that increase our blood pressure, heart rate and sweat rate, preparing our body for emergency response.

“They can also reduce blood flow to our skin and reduce activity in our stomach, while cortisol, another stress hormone, releases fat and sugar into the system to increase our energy.”

Physical exercise can be very effective in relieving stress, according to a series of research.

A study of employed adults found that highly active people tend to have lower levels of stress than less active people.

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