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Health Literacy: 13 Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

OneWorld Progressive Institute's Health Literacy #1 – Oct. 25, 2013
13 Mental Health Benefits Of Exercise - Huffington Post - By Sophia Breene

OneWorld has done the hard work for you; we have selected the title of each of the 13 benefits and listed them below.  To get the details of each benefit, please click the Huffington Post link below the blog to read them all.

While exercise is always important and recommended, as we age regular exercise becomes increasingly more important; it could mean the difference between maintaining health and well-being and being plagued with various maladies.  In addition to the benefits listed below, regular exercise also helps to prevent the onset of Diabetes due to obesity; it helps to lower blood pressure; tones up muscles and improve the quality of regular sleep.

Many people hit the gym or pound the pavement to improve cardiovascular health, build muscle, and of course, get a rockin’ bod, but working out has above-the-neck benefits, too. For the past decade or so, scientists have pondered how exercising can boost brain function. Regardless of age or fitness level (yup, this includes everyone from mall-walkers to marathoners), studies show that making time for exercise provides some serious mental benefits. Get inspired to exercise by reading up on these unexpected ways that working out can benefit mental health, relationships and lead to a healthier and happier life overall.
1. Reduce Stress
2.  Boost Happy Chemicals
3.  Improve Self-Confidence
4.  Enjoy The Great Outdoors
5.  Prevent Cognitive Decline
6.  Alleviate Anxiety
7.  Boost Brainpower
8.  Sharpen Memory
9.  Help Control Addiction
10. Increase Relaxation
11. Get More Done
12. Tap Into Creativity
13. Inspire Others
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