Mental health and exercise
Physical health problems can often affect your mental health. The mind can’t function unless your body is working properly and the state of your mind affects your body. To work properly, your body needs regular exercise
Physical activity has many benefits, not only to you physical wellbeing but also for your mental well being.
Exercise can help in the treatment and prevention of many illnesses including Type II diabetes and osteoporosis. It also helps reduce the likelihood of contracting some cancers and can improve the immune system as well as lessening the likelihood of developing problems with memory and dementia.
Remember - Any exercise is better than none but don’t overdo it. Build more physical activity into your life gradually, and remember to enjoy yourself.
How can physical activity help?
Physical activity and exercise can also help you to:
- lose weight, especially fat
- lower your heart rate and blood pressure so your heart doesn’t have to work so hard
- reduce risk of heart diseas and improve circulation
- reduced risk of falls and injuries from falls in older people
- improve feeling of well being, reduce stress and feel more relaxed due to release of endorphins
- improve concentration and focus increase energy levels
- improve quality of sleep decrease anxiety and depression. -
Why should you take up exercise?
- For enjoyment – if you don’t know what you might enjoy, try a few different things
- For social reasons - The companionship involved can be just as important as the physical activity
- For the psychological benefits - it can help you to feel more competent, or capable and give you a sense of control over your life For physical health benefits
- It can also help to boost your self confidence.
Top tips for increasing your activity level
- Walking is free. - Take the dog to make it more interesting or take part in an organised walking group
- Park at the far end of the car park
- Get off the bus one stop earlier and walk
- Use stairs instead of escalators or lifts
- Exercise with others to make it more fun and sociable
- Take part in more structured exercise
- Try a new hobby like gardening or DIY