How Exercise Can Support Your Mental Well-Being

By Sara Lindberg
Reviewed by Susan Ko, Ph.D.
January 09, 2023

It’s well known that physical activity is linked to physical health. But there are also many benefits of exercise on mental health and mood.

In addition to reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, chronic pain, and weak bones, regular physical activity can also increase energy levels, improve sleep, and even leave you in better control of your emotions and mental health, says Haley Perlus, Ph.D., a sports psychologist and performance coach in Boulder, Colorado.

Fortunately, you can achieve most of these benefits with a relatively minimal time commitment—and even better, they can be fun and fulfilling. Here’s how to make exercise work for you.