Why Would Physical Activity Improve Mental Health?

Adel B. Korkor, MD

Running, walking, and other forms of exercise create some specific chemical changes in the body—which may end up benefitting the mind.

Exercise may have important mental health benefits. In this Mental Health Minute, Adel B. Korkor, MD, discusses the science behind exercise’s efficacy, his own struggles with anxiety , and how it all inspired him to start a nonprofit devoted to achieving mental wellbeing through physical activity.

Dr. Korkor is a retired physician and founder of the nonprofit Five Fifty Five Run/Walk.

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