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Mental health is a state of balance and inner harmony, in which a person is able to work comfortably in the social environment and achieve equally well in love, work, creativity and entertainment. (Manos, 1987)


Is a positive state mental well-being in which a person feels satisfied with his/her self, their roles in life and relationships with others (Wills & Campbell, 1992).

The human body is made for physical movement. Exercise benefits both the physical health but reinforces and mental health. By exercising it:


-Increases the energy and mood of athletes affected

-Reduces stress levels and improve mood disorders (anger, exhaustion, depression)

Improves body image

-Increases self-esteem and confidence


Many studies show that exercise is associated with reduction of anxiety in both sexes, regardless of age and fitness level. Also, the exercise seems to help improve psychological parameters such as body image, self-concept and self-esteem, sense of achievement, etc.


The benefits of exercise on mental health are vast…


-Exercise effectively contributing to a healthy mood profile

-Exercise of moderate intensity produces the best results in mood

-Aerobic exercise produces positive results which are comparable to those of traditional techniques of relaxation

-Reduces cortisol levels (a hormone which is responsible for feeling anxiety) in our bodies

-Increases secretion of endorphins (joy hormones)

-Helps with physical and mental well-being


Considering the above findings, we hope to have convinced most of you about the benefits of exercise in our mental health and mood. Choose from a variety of programs that you like and best fit you, taking  a course and getting expert advice for best results.



Antigoni Louca

Graduate Physical Education – Physiotherapy