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Can Fitness Improve Your Mental Health?

Can Fitness Improve Your Mental Health? - theskinnyfoodco

Can Fitness Improve Your Mental Health?

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.

How does keeping active improve your mental health?

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.

Tips on exercise and physical activity

  • Start small - find your stride and go at your own pace. This can range from a brisk 10 minute walk to 1 hour of swimming a day
  • Don't overdo it - regular exercise isn't for everyone and may not be right for your mental health. Explore other ways that work for you
  • Enjoy it - exercise should be something you enjoy, so make sure you're participating in activities that you like to do
  • Do your research - there are lots of communities in the exercise and fitness world. Have a browse in your local community to see if there's any classes, group walks and connecting opportunities
  • If you don't feel like going outside, there's also lots of ways to workout at home. Read our Best Workouts to Do at Home blog

How often do I need to exercise?

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.


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