Exercises To Boost Mental Health

This is a summary of the advantages of Exercise for our mental health, especially important in these current Covid-19 times.

Exercise can play an important role in our mental wellbeing and has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce anxiety and depression and improve mental health this is because exercising releases chemicals which improve mood.

Here are a few exercises that have been known to help people who struggle with mental health:

Walking

Walking is the simplest, most accessible, and most affordable exercise of all. There is no reason why we can’t get out for a walk, unless we find it physically difficult. Low-intensity aerobic activity like walking is the best form of exercise for encouraging positive thoughts and improving alertness and walking is a great way to get into regular exercise.

Swimming

Swimming is another low-impact, non-weight-bearing option, which can lead to appreciable improvements in mental health after just a short period of regular swilling.

Running

Not only is running is good for the body, but research evidence also shows that it has many important benefits for the mind as well. Whether you’re a casual runner or a regular marathon runner your regular running routine can produce a number of positive effects on your mental health.

Spin Biking and Cycling

There’s nothing quite like getting out in the fresh air on a bike, feeling the wind in your hair and experiencing the sights and sounds of being outdoors and research shows that those who regularly cycle have a significantly lower risk of feeling stressed.

Dancing

Dancing is often associated with being happy, but even if you’re not feeling on top of the world, get that 80s classic on and have a good old dance around the room.

You don’t have to be disco diva just get up and enjoy yourself, especially if no one is watching! You’ll also be surprised how quickly you can get your heart rate going and dancing is fun too.

Conclusion:

There is increasing body of research linking exercise and our emotional and mental health and evidence to suggest as little as 5-10 minutes of daily exercise can significantly help improve mood and reduce anxiety.

The release of ‘feel-good’ hormones known as endorphins help to relax the mind and make you feel happier. This boosts our mood and reduces feelings of anxiety and can help us sleep better.

Source: https://www.webmd.com     https://www.getthegloss.com


23 Aug, 2021

2 thoughts on “Exercises To Boost Mental Health

  1. I would like to exercise more than I am doing at present and your blog is a timely reminder to get out there and shake off some lockdown calories.

    I enjoy an early morning walk around a local reservoir with just my thoughts for company.

    1. Thanks. Yes, what you’re describing is Covid-19 weight. Now that the world isn’t in lockdown we are able to exercise more.

      I have to say, your early morning walk around a reservoir sounds idyllic, particularly given the stress we have out there.

      It’s a great way to take exercise, as long as you have the weather.

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