The psychological benefits of exercise have been demonstrated to improve promote euphoric feelings through better body composition and the release of endorphins, resulting in improved self concepts, heightened self esteem and lower rates of depression (Gleckner & Callaghan, 1995). Exercise has been sought as a viable alternative treatment for mental health as opposed to psychotherapy and antidepressants. Intense fitness routines and involvement in sport breeds a positive self identity and helps veterans regain a sense of achievement (Muller, 2016).
The benefits to health were demonstrated as far back as three decades ago when as reported in a Canadian study that after 18 months of physical fitness, 61.8% noticed higher activity levels and improved health numbers in blood lipid counts, blood pressure and heart rates (Rudnicki, 1986). The attainment and maintenance of a favorable lean body mass to body fat ratio, lower heart rate, decreased blood pressure and a balanced diet have been unequivocally linked to reduction of coronary heart disease (CHD). The adoption of a healthy diet of the proper portions of vegetables, fruit, grains, fats and lean protein sources as advocated by U.S. sponsored website Choose My Plate is recommended.
Fun, exercise, inclusion and sense of purpose and belonging are just some of the benefits of physical training. The release the hormones that help create good moods and the increase of muscular strength and cardiovascular conditioning enables veterans to live longer, healthier more productive lives.
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