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What actually is mental health?
Mental health is our psychological, emotional and social well-being and it effects how we think, feel and act. Moreover, it helps to determine how we make choices, handle stress and relate to others.
Having good mental health is extremely important because it impacts your thoughts and emotions. It will promote productivity in your life at home or at work and will help you to adapt to changes in your life.
Personally, I believe that one of the best ways to improve your mental health is by doing regular physical activity and exercise.
Below are 5 positives exercising can have on your mental health:
1. It reduces anxiety, depression and negative moods.
2. Improves self-esteem.
3. Improves your sleep.
4. Gives a sense of well-being.
5. Helps you to maintain a positive mindset.
A recent study by Harvard T.H Chan school of public health found out that the risk of major depression is reduced by 26% when you walk for an hour or run for 30 minutes a day. In addition to this, studies highlight that there is approximately a 20-30% lower risk of depression and dementia for adults who participate in daily exercise.
“It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigour” - Marcus Tullius Cicero.
So how exactly does exercising regularly improve your mental health?
When exercising, your body releases hormones called ‘endorphins’. These are what I like to call your 'feel good' hormones and when you exercise regularly, these hormones become more apparent - over time dramatically improving your mental health.
If you need more information on how you can improve your mental health with exercise, then please do not hesitate to send me a message and I’ll be happy to help where I can.