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date: 18 June 2019

Exercise and Mental Health Benefits 

Source:
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
Author(s):
Aaron L. SlusherAaron L. Slusher, Edmund O. AcevedoEdmund O. Acevedo

Early human ancestors relied upon their ability to traverse great distances for nourishment, and in the face of persistent threats, utilized the evolutionarily conserved fight or flight response for survival. However, as modern humans have evolved higher cognitive abilities, coupled with the relatively modern emergence of sedentary lifestyles, the everyday need for physical activity (PA) has shifted from a means of daily survival to a practice necessary for the long-term maintenance of both physical and mental health. As a result, the challenges of routinely incorporating PA in our daily lives has contributed to a variety of negative health consequences (... ...

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