Posted on July 18, 2018 by Josh Puttock

Everyone knows that regular exercise is good for your body, but a lot of people are unaware that exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. When faced with mental or emotional challenges and changes in life, working out can often help you cope and deal with your battles in a healthy way.

Exercise can have a positive impact on depression, anxiety, sleep, stress and many more mental blocks people may experience. It may be easier said than done, but I’m sure you have heard of the saying ‘don’t knock it until you try It’. So, whether you think this is something that would work for you or not, why not give it a go?

Everyone’s different

It’s important to understand that you don’t only have to go to the gym to do this, either. You can find things that work for you, as it’s all about making these regular lifestyle habits. Whether it’s a walk, a bike ride, a 20-mile run – everyone is different, and what works for somebody else might not work for you.

When feeling low, being around others can also be really hard for some people. But there are ways you can do it that, hopefully, can make this an easier process. If parts of, or all of, the above are things you can relate to, see the below list. It involves workouts in social spaces and lifestyle changes that might just be what you’re looking for.

Daily exercise suggestions:

  • Home workout
  • Garden workout
  • Park workout
  • Workout with your kids
  • Walk to and from work

Think positively

Keeping up with regular exercise will boost the positive energy headed your way and leave you feeling and thinking differently. Even if it lasts for 30mins, it’s a start and it might get you hooked and wanting that same feel-good feeling more often.

The benefits:

  • Improves self-esteem
  • Better sleep
  • More energy
  • Positive thinking
  • Improves confidence

To anyone who is suffering and doesn’t quite have the best mental strength right now, just know you are not alone. Taking small steps to making yourself better is always an amazing thing, and exercise really can make a great difference!

By Rea Harris, Gym & Spa Instructor