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The Positive Effects of Exercise on Mental Health in Gaming

It is generally understood that exercise is great for your body. However, not many people talk about the incredibly positive mental health benefits that come from exercise.

Exercise is  one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health and the implementation of regular exercise can have a bettering effect on depression, anxiety, ADHD, stress, and trauma.

Exercise also aids in relieving stress, improving memory, helping improve your sleep, and boosting your overall mood and happiness. Research indicates that even the smallest amount of exercise can make a difference, emphasising that you do not need to be the fittest to see the improvements from exercise. Your level of fitness, age or abilities do not control the positive effects of exercise on mental health. All can participate and reek the benefits, helping everyone reach a higher quality of life and mind. Studies indicate that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication, and without the sometimes harmful effects of medication required by other treatments for depression. On top of this, exercise has been shown to even prevent sufferers from relapsing. It has also been shown that exercising is a very effective way to relieve stress. Physical activity helps to relax your muscles and relieve tension in the body. The Brain is sometimes describes like a muscle, in the sense that it can be trained to improve different cognitive functions like working memory or math skills. In this sense, it can be shown that the body and mind are very closely connected. Emphasising that exercising does not only make your body feel better, it also improves your state of mind. Exercise can also help reduce the symptoms of ADHD, as it can improve concentration and mood. Physical activity immediately boosts the brain’s dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels, all of which increase levels of focus and attention. Exercise can also provide other benefits, such as; increased memory and brain activity, higher self-esteem. improved sleep and more energy (contrary to many peoples beliefs).

Now, you may be asking, what does this have to do with gaming? Well, let me jump right into it!

Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that Gaming Disorder is defined in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as “a pattern of gaming behaviour (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterised by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”

Upon being asked as the reason to why Gaming Disorder was included in ICD-11, WHO states that the decision to appoint this disorder reflects a consensus of experts from different disciplines and geographical regions. The World Health Organisation emphasises that “all people who partake in gaming should be alert to the amount of time they spend on gaming activities, particularly when it is to the exclusion of other daily activities, as well as to any changes in their physical or psychological health and social functioning that could be attributed to their pattern of gaming behaviour.” From this, it is clear to see that there is a valid concern as to the negatives that come as a consequence of gaming disorder and its recent classification from the WHO.

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