We all know that exercise is good for our physical health, but did you know that it is also beneficial for our mental wellbeing? In this article, we will explore the connection between exercise and mental health and how you can incorporate exercise into your daily routine to improve your overall wellbeing.
It makes you happy
Exercise may make you feel tired, but the chemicals released throughout your workout, called endorphins and serotonin lift your mood. These chemicals also help to reduce pain and stress levels, which is why taking a break from work or making sure you do some light exercise when experiencing DOMS is so beneficial.
Lift your confidence
Exercise has also been shown to improve self-esteem and self-confidence. When we exercise, we are setting goals and achieving them, which can help to boost our confidence and sense of accomplishment. Regular exercise can also improve our body image, which can help to increase our self-esteem.
Charge your social battery
When you join group classes, go for a walk with friends or take part in any exercise around other people you’ll find your feelings of loneliness decrease and feelings of happiness increase. We are social creatures after all, and interacting with others is vital to our sense of wellbeing and self-esteem.
Boost your brain
Exercise pumps blood to your brain, helping you think more clearly and improve your memory. Again, that lunchtime workout you considered truly is a great option and you should get one in whenever you can.
Make the most of your time
Just 15 mins a day of running or 60 mins of walking is enough to gain these benefits from exercise. While you do want to develop a more well-rounded training plan, using little pockets of time to work on your overall wellbeing is a great way to boost your mental health. On your days off from the gym try to take a walk, which has extra benefits too.
The key to incorporating exercise into your routine is to find an activity that you enjoy. If you enjoy what you are doing, you are more likely to stick with it. It can also be helpful to find a workout partner or join a class, as this can provide motivation and accountability.
How can I reach Samaritans?
If you’re going through a difficult time, Samaritans are always here to listen, at any time, day or night. You can call Samaritans for free on 116 123 or email email@example.com and a volunteer will email you back.
How can I donate?
If you’d like to donate to Samaritans and our Walk & Talk Week, visit our JustGiving page here or text ANYTIME to 70480. A donation of £5 can directly fund a call for help from someone struggling to cope.