Physical Activity and Mental Health

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Whereas exercise science today holds a considerable knowledge concerning exercise-induced changes and adaptations of inner organs, body’s metabolism and hormonal regulation - as well as their impact for physical health - comparatively little is known concerning the effects of physical exercise on structural and functional components of the central nervous system. There is increasing evidence that physical activity does not only improve physical but also mental (cognitive and affective) health and physical activity is also discussed playing a prominent role in preventing neurodegeneration.
Living in extreme environments like Space or Antarctica allows for a time-lapse assessment of the effects of ageing and a sedentary lifestyle on mental performance and well-being. A transfer of these results into everyday life (e.g. school sport, exercise for the elderly) allows emphasizing the importance of an active life-style and regular physical activity for brain health and stressing its relevance for socio-economic and health-political decisions of the upcoming years.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th World Health Summit
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventWorld Health Summit - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 20.10.201322.10.2013
Conference number: 5

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