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Volume 1 Issue 8, January 2013

Movement is good for the body, spirit and mind. Activity and exercise are very important for people living with mental illness. Individuals living with mental illness often have a higher risk for heart disease, and exercise can play a key part in a wellness plan.

Benefits of Exercise:        

less tension, stress and mental fatigue a natural energy boost improved sleep a sense of achievement focus in life and motivation less anger or frustration a healthy appetite better social life

The mental health benefits of exercise may last only if you stick with it over the long term. Talk to your doctor to make sure you know which activities, how much exercise and what intensity level is OK for you. Talk to your doctor or other mental health provider for guidance and support.