EXERCISE FOR MENTAL HEALTH

We all know that exercise has a number of physical benefits, but what is often forgotten is the psychological and emotional benefits. People who exercise regularly are known to have improved mental health and emotional well-being, with lower rates of mental illness.

 

How Does It Work?

Exercise:

  • Releases endorphins or ‘feel-good’ hormones
  • Helps you sleep better, which in turn stabilises your moods
  • Increases your energy levels
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Provides a sense of achievement, increasing self-esteem
  • Distracts you from negative thoughts and provides an outlet for releasing your frustrations
  • Provides a social environment with support from others

What is the Best Form of Exercise?

This will differ from person to person. You want your exercise to be something you enjoy and that you will stick to. It may be something you do by yourself, with a friend or in a larger group.?For example:

 

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Aqua aerobics
  • Yoga
  • Boxing

It is recommended you aim for 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on 5 days per week.

If you would like help with establishing a suitable exercise regime, please don?t hesitate to contact us. Medicare rebates are available under a GP care plan and we are also NDIS registered.

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