13 Mental and Physical Health benefits of Exercise

Regular exercise has many benefits, both curative and preventive, for physical and mental health.

Improves mental health and mood

Physical activity can help reduce anxiety and longer-term, regular exercise can also help reduce the risk of depression.

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Improves brain function and reduces risk of dementia

Regular exercise can reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in adults. Exercise also improves cognition, such as processing speed.

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Helps with sleep

*Increasing the efficiency of   sleep *Improving sleep quality and   deep sleep *Reducing daytime  drowsiness *Reducing the need for sleep   medication

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Improves cardiovascular health

*Improving cholesterol level *Lowering blood pressure *Reducing the risk of heart   attacks and heart disease *Reducing the risk of stroke

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Helps with diabetes management

*Improving control of blood glucose *Reducing cardiovascular risk factor *Helping with weight loss *Improving insulin sensitivity *Reducing the cardiovascular risk   factor *Delaying or preventing the type 2 diabetes

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Reduces risk of cancers

Lower risk of the following cancers:

*Colon *Stomach *Esophageal *Breast *Bladder *Uterine   (endometrial) *Kidney

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Improves bone health

Regular exercise can help prevent the bone density loss that occurs with aging. Walking and dancing, and resistance exercises are particularly good for bone health.

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Increases chance of living longer

Strong scientific evidence shows that physical activity delays death from all causes.

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Helps maintain a moderate weight

The CDC say there is good evidence that exercise can help maintain weight over time.

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