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Better Mental Health

EXERCISE YOUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH: WHY EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR YOUR MENTAL WELL-BEING. 

If you think exercise is just about running marathons and muscle size – you’re wrong.

Sure, exercise can improve your physical health and physique, but that’s not why many people choose to be motivated by staying active.

Exercise is one of the most powerful tools to boost your mental health. People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being.

Exercise triggers the release of endorphins (happy hormones) that support your brain in reducing stress and anxiety, as well as protecting against depression. Exercise is proven to give people more energy throughout the day, provide them with a better sleep at night, and make them feel more relaxed and positive about their lives.

If you’re living with a mental health condition, exercise can plan an important part of management plan. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, and ADHD – and you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap all the benefits!

It’s found that modest amounts of exercise and movement can make a difference. No matter your age, fitness level or capabilities, exercise and movement can be used as a powerful tool to deal with your physical and mental well-being.

HOW TO GET STARTED:

If you’re having trouble beginning an exercise plan or following through, you’re not alone. Many of us struggle getting out of the sedentary rut, despite our best intentions.

You already know there are many great reasons to exercise—from improving energy, mood, sleep, and health to reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. And detailed exercise instructions and workout plans are just a click away. But if knowing how and why to exercise was enough, we’d all be in shape. Making exercise a habit takes more—you need the right mindset and a smart approach.

Everybody starts somewhere. Remember your exercise routine is about you and your individual goals, interested and preferences.

You should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. Moderate-intensity physical activity is an activity that is energetic and raises your heart rate, but doesn’t make you too breathless, such as fast walking.

Here are some things to consider when getting started:

TOP TIPS TO GET STARTED:

  1. BUILD UP SLOWLY

Some physical activity is better than none, and more is better than a little. If you are doing no physical activity at all, start by just doing some. The best part of exercise is you can build up gradually.

You don’t have to spend hours in a gym or force yourself into monotonous or painful activities you hate to experience the physical and emotional benefits of exercise.

A little exercise is better than nothing. In fact, adding just modest amounts of physical activity to your weekly routine can have a profound effect on your mental and emotional health.

  • SET REALISTIC GOALS

No matter your fitness goal, it’s important to tailor your exercise routine to suit your needs.

Seems obvious right? But many people who are new or start to workout, eventually find their motivation fading as their goals get further and further away.

A simple way to avoid giving up on exercise is to make sure your goals are achievable and realistic. If you are finding that you’re constantly losing motivation or failing to stick to your goals means that they are either out of reach or you haven’t figured out what you are wanting to achieve.

It helps to have a clear idea of what you want and the basics for what’s involved in getting it.

  • MAKE TIME TO EXERCISE

Half the battle with getting started is finding the time to stay active.

Consistency is key, so workout what time of the day best works in with your schedule and when you feel you have the most energy and commit.

Make time for physical activity and don’t give up before you start to see the benefits. Be patient and keep at it.

  • CHOOSE ACTIVTIES RIGHT FOR YOU

It’s important you participate in physical activity you enjoy.

Physical activity can make you feel good about yourself and it’s a good opportunity to have fun with other people or enjoy some time to yourself.

  • TRAIN WITH A FRIEND

Some people prefer solo workouts (more power to them!), but for those that need a little push in the motivation department, scheduling regular workouts with a buddy or group can make all the difference. You’re less likely to hit snooze or head home for the night if you know you’re leaving your workout partner in the lurch.

It can also get you excited about your fitness journey again. Even having a supportive partner, family member or friend can be motivating.

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