The benefits of exercise on mental health

There are many reasons as to why exercise is central to the upkeep of our mental and physical health. The benefits of exercise are far reaching and its been proven to improve mental, as well as physical, health.

In this infographic the team at BelievePerform look at the benefits of exercise on mental and physical health.

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In 2012, 43% of boys and 37% of girls aged 13 to 15 were sedentary for 6 hours or more on weekends.

In England and Scotland 67% of men and 55% of women meet recommended physical activity levels.

13% of UK adults are sedentary for longer that 8.5 hours a day

Over half of children’s total sedentary time is spent watching television.

What are the benefits of exercise on physical health?

  • Reduced risk cardiovascular disease.
  • Strengthens bones and muscles.
  • 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Helps to control weight.
  • Improves sleep.
  • Improves energy levels.
  • 30% lower risk of dementia.
  • Prevents cognitive decline.

What are the benefits of exercise on mental health?

  • Reduce stress levels.
  • Improves social well-being.
  • Reduced anxiety.
  • Increased self-esteem.
  • Reduced risk of depression.
  • Boost brainpower.
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