Exercise for the mind

by | Nov 2, 2022

We all know that exercise is great for our body but what isn’t talked about enough is the benefits of regular exercise for our mental health 😊

Regular physical activity can improve your mood, sleep, thinking and general sense of well-being and outlook on life. To feel like you are doing something positive for your body and mind and overall longevity in life can do wonders for many mental health conditions.

You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits either. No matter your age or fitness level you can start small with 10-20mins of exercise and build on it from there once it’s concreted in your routine. The more you exercise, the more energy you will have 🤸‍♀️

Research has shown that three 10minute walks are as beneficial as one 30 minute walk for mental health benefits.

What happens to our brain when we exercise 🤔

Exercise promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good.
Exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts and thought patterns. 💭

Exercise is a powerful tension and stress reliever and can ease anxiety. Movement is medicine 🚶‍♀️

In summary benefits include:-

➡️ Improved energy levels
➡️ Improved self esteem and self confidence
➡️ Establishes a routine
➡️ Eases tension and stress
➡️ Serves as a distraction from dark thoughts or patterns of thinking
➡️ Releases endorphins
➡️ Reduces the risk of depression or relapse
➡️ Serves as a new way to connect with like minded people and a sense of belonging
➡️ Improved cognitive function

Reduce the days you’re feeling ‘down’. Increase fresh air intake. Get in touch if you think we might be able to help 🤝