There are numerous studies that suggest fitness can improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Regular exercise can boost your mood if you suffer from mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Physical exercise can also reduce stress and improve your sleep.
It's important to be aware that physical activity and exercise isn't always helpful for everyone - so make sure you find what works best for you.
Better Sleep: By exercising and keeping active, this can make you feel more tired at the end of the day.
Releases Cortisol: Doing something physical releases cortisol which helps us manage stress, being physically active also gives your brain something to focus on and can be a positive coping mechanism.
Self-esteem: Being active also gives you a better self-esteem as you can set fitness goals and achieve them.
Better Moods: Physical activity releases feel-good hormones that make you feel better in yourself.
Connecting with people: Participating in group activities can help build connection and meet new people.
NHS UK advises 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
If it's been a while since you last exercised, start slow and aim to build up towards achieving those 150 minutes per week.