Here we explore the mental health benefits of exercise. Once these are recognised it can only make you more determined to be regularly active. Studies continue to reinforce the importance of training and not just for your waistline, but also for a healthy mind.
It’s proven that exercise helps clear your head and lift your mood, which is arguably more important than dropping that body fat! It’s becoming more apparent just how vital exercise is for our wellbeing, both mental and physical. As the saying goes a healthy body equals a healthy mind.
We highlight here research published in October 2017 by the Department Of Health showing that 12% of cases of depression could be prevented with just an hour of exercise a week. Increase this to three times a week and the risk of depression could be reduced by 30%. These are numbers that cannot be ignored.
Even as little as five to ten minutes of exercise can help to improve your mood and reduce your anxiety, but it has been researched that programs lasting from ten to fifteen weeks can improve your overall mental state. Physical activity may even help you ward of mental health problems before they start and can also improve the symptoms of many existing illnesses. Not only this but exercise can enhance wellbeing in those who already feel mentally healthy. Along with promoting endorphins (your body’s feel good chemicals) it also decreases stress hormones. Exercise promotes confidence and distracts you from negative thoughts & emotions. It’s safe to say that exercise is hugely beneficial and ultimately the key is to find a workout routine that you enjoy. That feel good factor will keep you coming back for more!