Obesity, heart disease, diabetes and many other illnesses are
associated with an inactive lifestyle – but have you thought about the effect it
could have on your mental health?
It’s been reported that as many as 1 in 6 adults are
suffering from a common mental health problem such as depression or anxiety.
Everybody wants to feel good, so it’s important to do as
much as you can to feel happier – and that can be as simple as going to the gym.
Here are just some of the ways that exercise can benefit
your mental health!
Boost happy hormones:
Endorphins and enkephalin are
feel-good hormones released during exercise. If you’ve never been much of a gym
bunny, don’t worry – studies have shown that even a 30-minute walk can increase
the production of these!
The best place to is exercise is outside: it stops the
repetitiveness of the gym and breathing clean air is good for your lungs.
Studies have shown those who exercise in the countryside or by water feel
Interacting with people:
Meeting people for an exercise class, going for a jog with your
friend or joining a recreational local team can associate exercise with socialising
and improve not only your mood but your relationships.
Exercise benefits your brain physically and mentally – from
reducing inflammation and stimulating growth to improving your mood, increasing
your ability to learn, and reducing stress and anxiety.
Improve sleep quality:
Physical activity increases sleep duration and helps you to
get a deeper sleep – exercise has been reported to help alleviate symptoms of
Fight cognitive decline:
The ageing process often means that our minds become hazy. Exercising
prevents cognitive decline and helps to boost the production of chemicals that
fight age-related diseases. Of course this isn’t a cure, but every little bit helps!
Exercise is not just about rock-hard abs and walking up the
stairs efficiently, it’s about increasing your self-confidence and improving
your quality of life.
If you want to make a lifestyle change, and focus on yourself, your fitness and your mind, why not book a bootcamp today and kickstart your adventure?