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Mental health and benefits of physical activity

When practicing physical exercise, many people tend to associate only with the physical, but it does not stop there because it covers the mental part.

Recently, several researches have shown that the practice of physical exercise is considered one of the main ways to avoid and treat neurodegenerative diseases and dementias.

The practice of regular exercise, in addition to the physiological benefits, brings psychological benefits, such as:

 Better sense of well-being


•Self esteem

• Reduced anxiety

• Voltage

• Depression

• Decreased reaction time

 Benefits are only possible if the exercise is properly performed.

 Psychological benefits of physical activity

It produces substances that give the feeling of well-being, reduces stress, improves self-esteem and improves your social relationships.

Physical exercise produces neuroprotection in various brain areas that prevents and helps treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's.

 Advantages of physical exercise


• Improve cognition;

• Improves learning ability;

• Memory;

• Speed ​​of processing and execution of thoughts.


 • Formation of new blood vessels in the nervous system:

• Increases and improves blood flow;

• Nutrition for the nervous system;

What to take into account?

Oxidative stress at high levels accelerates aging, even the nervous system.

1. When practicing moderate intensity exercise

2. Antioxidant action prevents aging

3. Neuro protective role for the whole nervous system

4. Prevention of neurodegenerative diseases

Moderate exercise exerts antioxidant role in the body, and it is believed that this response to exercise is systemic.

It is concluded that the practice of physical exercise is beneficial for mental health and the prevention of various neurodegenerative diseases.

Nowadays, sedentary people have more difficulties in day-to-day activities, because active people have a better ability to function in the nervous system.

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 Text by Edgar Ribeiro