Exercise is very important not just for physical health, but mental health as well. In young adults, exercise is associated with improvement in visual and spatial memory skills, positive emotions, and sleep patterns. Exercise in young adults is also associated with decreases in stress, pain, and mental health symptoms, such as depression and anxiety. These rates of improvement in functioning and decrease in negative effects can vary depending on the quality and quantity of exercise. While it can be difficult to find the time and motivation to exercise, it can improve an individual’s overall health and well-being. Ways to find time and motivation can include making plans with friends to go for a walk or meet for a class, stop at a local gym before or after work or a class, or join a community sports group. It takes about two to three weeks for the routine to be solidified, so it is important to consistently attend when starting.

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