FITNESS

Rachel Correia

Mental Benefits

Including fitness in your lifestyle can also establish mental benefits. Mental benefits can include decreases in anxiety, and depression, help deal with stress in a healthy way, help with focus, and learning. “Compared to those who are inactive, physically active youth have higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness and stronger muscles They also typically have lower body fatness. Their bones are stronger, and they may have reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.”  (Jones, 2016).  This has been a key factor in encouraging children to have access to more physical activity at school, as it not only encourages them to be healthier, but also helps them to stay focused during class, and improve grades in other areas of learning. Many people who lead a more active lifestyle also claim to be happier, “Recent studies suggest that exercise-training interventions can lead to significant improvement in cognitive performances and enhanced quality of life”  (Francis Langlois, 2012). Practicing fitness can give you a clearer mind, and help you feel better in your everyday life as it can help with your self image. “Research has indicated several short-term benefits of PE, including the prevention of risk factors for cardiovascular disease , improvements in physical fitness components , improvements in self-esteem and enhancement of academic performance.”  (Morgan, 2008).

 

What Is a Mental Benefit?

Personal gain in your mood, how you think, clarity, and/or head space.