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Exercise Does More Than Energize, It Aids in Combating Symptoms of Mental Illness Too

Often times many people exercise to feel good about themselves, whether it's achieving a certain physical appearance or the desire to gain more energy. When you exercise your body releases endorphins that interact with receptors in your brain that trigger many positive feelings and results in: increase relaxation, aid in controlling addiction, sharpen memory, boost brainpower, alleviation of anxiety, prevention of cognitive decline, improvement of self-confidence, and reduction of stress. Endorphins are capable of accomplishing all of this because they reduce the perception of pain in your body. Therefore, engaging in activities that frequently release endorphins is extremely helpful to your mental health. According to NAMI (2015), "approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year; approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities; approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life, and for children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%; 6.9% of adults in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the past year; 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specific phobias; and among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—had a co-occurring mental illness."Considering the statistics, exercising would be beneficial to combat symptoms of disorders like anxiety and depression. Ultimately, exercisecontributes to an overall health and longevity of life! Therefore, One Temple Fitness by F.I.R.E. is inviting you to our Group Meet-UP, this Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:30p.m. to continue the discussion of the benefits of maintaining the mind, body, and spirit through exercise.