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Here you’ll find helpful information about low-income health care and tips to improve your overall health and wellness.

Five mental health benefits of exercise

Exercise can have a big impact on your mental and emotional wellbeing – even a little bit helps. Here are just a few ways fitness can boost your mental and brain health:

  1. Reduce stress and daily tension
  2. Increase self-esteem
  3. Sharpen your memory and the ability to learn new things
  4. Improve sleep and help you relax
  5. Have more energy so you can get more done

Being more active doesn’t have to be hard work. Try these activities to get more activity in your day:

  • Garden or yardwork
  • Play with your children
  • Exercise during commercial breaks

No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better. Find free videos, articles and tools to help you with basic exercises, healthy eating and stress management at FitnessCoach® or Health A to Z.

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)