Improving Your Mental Health Through Exercise

Written By: Olivia Olatunji (10)
Edited By: Mabrey Matz (11)

February 8, 2020

Mental health is declining for America’s youth. According to a study by a John Hopkins professor, the chance of an adolescent experiencing major depression rose by 37 percent from 2005 to 2014. Parents, teachers, and students need a solution to an epidemic that affects children all over the country. Mental illness impacts a student’s performance in school and reduces their quality of life. Children need hope, and schools are recognizing the importance of addressing mental health issues, both for academic purposes and to help students realize a brighter future.

        Due to the lack of awareness, students and parents need to know the significance of school mental health services and their impact on academic performance. Doing physical activities at least 60 minutes everyday can change someone’s life for the better.

       Physical activity is essential for both physical and mental health. Exercise boosts self-esteem, increases concentration, and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression, all of which can help improve academic performance. Children and teens should get at least an hour of exercise every day, but that doesn’t always happen. 

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