The enormous increase in the number of people who exercise suggests that exercise offers more to an individual than mere psychological benefits, especially during this COVID-19 era. In an individual there is a clear relationship between mind and body.
There is some research which suggests that exercise programs may be useful in treating many physically and mentally strained conditions. Self-evaluation, that so often accompanies many conditions, may be combated through the use of exercise as a treatment regime. A more positive attitude of one’s self may develop, along with a greater awareness of one’s physiological responses to stress. It has been found that rather than lengthier treatments, such as counseling and psychotherapy, positive changes in personality can be evident after a period as short as one month after participation in an exercise program. It is most important that such individuals be monitored by a physician knowledgeable in this type of exercise programming. Positive changes in mental health have been known to occur because of exercise.