Kebaili Lilia Bouali Souheir Khellaf Mohammed Recham Djamel Eddine Ikhlef Asma


Background: Sport and exercise are known to play a relevant role in the prevention and treatment of a wide range of diseases and, in the spirit of „Exercise is Medicine, “ can also be described as an effective therapeutic agent - with already very good evidence - for several mental illnesses ,The use of physical and sport practice is used in a widespread manner in the world of mental health.

Objective: The purpose of this article is to highlight current and developing knowledge of the positive effects of exercise on mental health.

Methods: In our research, we used various reliable international articles and research. , This review article presents current knowledge of the benefits associated with exercise on mental health and the physiological and psychological mechanisms contributing to these benefits.

Conclusions: Exercise appears most effective for depressive disorders and may also improve mental well-being and physical health in individuals with serious mental disorders.

Participation in a one-off bout of physical activity can result in a reduction in anxiety levels and self-reported feelings of increased well-being. Improved self-esteem, self-efficacy and perceived competence result from long-term participation in an exercise programme.

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Sport, exercise, mental health, therapeutic agent, physical health

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