The link between exercise and your mental health

Exercise is one of the easiest ways to help improve your overall mental health, and with the NHS recommending that adults either get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, you may want the proof behind the theory.

We all have those days where we don’t want to push ourselves, especially on the days you feel low, and the thought of exercise just turns your stomach, but rest assured that when you do make the effort, you’ll thank yourself for it.

Exercising regularly can help your mental health by:

  1. Reducing Stress Levels
  2. Increasing Energy Levels
  3. Producing Endorphins to help anxiety
  4. Increasing your self esteem
  5. Improving your sleep
  6. Boosting your brain power and memory
  7. Helping you feel calmer
  8. Allowing you to interact with others
  9. Decreasing PTSD symptoms
  10. Overall increased mood

You may wish to look at joining a gym, but with the added pressure from the economy and rising prices, there are plenty of free activities you can take part in including:

  • Create a HIIT workout for yourself including squats, burpees and jumping jacks
  • Skip your usual mundane walk round the block with your dog and opt for a further walk somewhere new
  • Utilise YouTube and find a workout video to suit the time you have
  • Put your favourite upbeat album on and enjoy a dance workout whilst cleaning
  • Get the children to create an obstacle course for you all to do together

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s enjoyable. If you don’t like the exercise you’ve chosen, chances are you won’t stick to it.

With so many wonderful benefits for your mind and body, why would you skip a brisk walk round the park or a run with friends?

Next time you’re feeling low, grab your trainers and remember all the benefits exercise has on your mental health.

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