We all know that exercise is good for our physical health, but did you know that exercise is also great for our mental wellbeing?
According to recent statistics from Mind (www.mind.co.uk), approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and within England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.
But what exactly contributes to better mental health?
Exercise promotes chemicals in the brain that improve your mood and make you more relaxed. Specifically, the brain releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins throughout the body.
Managing stress and/or anxiety
Exercise is great at giving the brain something else to focus on, and can be a great distraction from intrusive or stressful thoughts - a positive coping strategy for difficult times.
Some people find that by being active during the day, can make them more tired at the end of the day, therefore helping them fall asleep and also get a good night’s rest
Being more active can make you feel better about yourself
Reducing the risk of depression
A recent study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%. In addition to relieving depression symptoms, research also shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent you from relapsing.
Connecting with people
Doing group or team activities can help you meet new and like-minded people, and make new friends.
Because mental health problems are now increasingly common, we work with a number of clients who experience them (and a lot of us have experienced them ourselves too). We do not discriminate against those who suffer with their mental health – one of our goals is to help you reduce, cope or manage your mental health through exercises that you enjoy and with our ongoing support.
Helpful links for those struggling with mental health issues:
MIND - https://www.mind.org.uk/
Lee & the team