The relation between physical exercise and psychological health has increasingly come under the spotlight over recent years while the message emanating from physiological research has extolled the general advantages of exercise in terms of physical health the equivalent psychological literature has revealed a more complex relation. The feel good effect of physical activity is widely reported among participants physical activity and psychological well beingrepresents a research consensus on the relationship between physical activity and aspects of mental health providing an overview of the case for the role of exercise in the promotion of psychological well being. This study was contextualised within a public health model of mental health promotion with psychological well being conceptualised as the positive component of mental health and physical exercise conceptualised as a subset of physical activities aimed at improving health and well being. This review examines the effects of exercise and physical activity on the psychological well being of older adults unlike most of the literature in this area this review focuses primarily on those psychosocial outcomes that are generally positive in nature. Physical activity and psychological well being represents a research consensus on the relationship between physical activity and aspects of mental health providing an overview of the case for the role of exercise in the promotion of psychological well being topics covered include
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