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Physical activity has incredible benefits not only regarding physical health, but also mental health. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins; serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals help block the pain receptors in your brain and make you feel good. This is why exercise is a great addition when dealing with depression and other mental illness.

Regular exercise helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression as well as improves sleep and self-esteem. Joining a class or going for a walk with a friend builds in social support which is an added benefit for those who may be suffering from depression. Keep in mind, exercise is a great addition, but those who are suffering from a mental illness should always seek advice from their medical provider.

Engaging in physical activity is a great way to build self-esteem. There is a great sense of accomplishment when you are able to go a little farther, a litter faster or feel yourself getting stronger. You will feel more comfortable in your own body when you know all of the great things it can do for you!

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