The mental health benefits of exercise the exercise prescription for depression anxiety and stress everyone knows that regular exercise is good for the body but exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression anxiety adhd and more. Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life but anxiety disorders which affect 40 million adults are the most common psychiatric illnesses in the us the benefits of exercise may well extend beyond stress relief to improving anxiety and related disorders. The links between depression anxiety and exercise arent entirely clear but working out and other forms of physical activity can definitely ease symptoms of depression or anxiety and make you feel better exercise may also help keep depression and anxiety from coming back once youre feeling better. Multiple studies have found that exercise reduces feelings of anxiety and encourages feelings of wellbeing and like depression exercise can be an equally if not more effective than medication. Exercise on prescription if you havent exercised for a long time or are concerned about the effects of exercise on your body or health ask your gp about exercise on prescription lots of gp surgeries across the country prescribe exercise as a treatment for a range of conditions including depression
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