Physical activity is not only a benefit to your body, but also your mind. Paired with good nutrition, exercise is a key factor in maintaining mental wellbeing.
Mental health is not as taboo a subject as it used to be. And now that the world is living through a pandemic and more are in isolation, mental health has been the topic of discussion.
Exercising has many health benefits. Your blood flow and nerve connections are increased to your brain and in return, it stimulates happy chemicals like endorphins and serotonin. These happy chemicals can reduce depression, stress and anxiety as well as:
- Reduction in high risk illnesses including heart disease, diabetes etc
- Increase in productivity
- Improvement in mood and memory
- Improve self-perception and self-esteem
- Clarity of attention and thought
- Better quality in sleep
It is said that physically active people have up to a 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed.
If you’re older, being active can improve cognitive function, memory and attention. As well as processing speed and reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
If you’re one of those people who hasn’t exercised before or been in a hiatus, exercising is also a great way to socialise and reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Anything as small as going for a walk around your neighbourhood or watching a YouTube video of a yoga or pilates exercise is great.
Invest in your long-term mental and physical health now and you’ll see the difference that it can make to your body, your social life and most importantly your mind!