Mental health is something that is being discussed more openly than ever. Although I have never been diagnosed with a mental illness myself, I have witnessed friends and family who have battled their health and come out the other side.
I’m not here to lecture about the physical benefits of exercise (they go without saying) but I do want to stress the positive impact exercise can have on your mental health and how it can enrich other areas of your life.
During exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These trigger a positive feeling in the body giving you an energising outlook on life.
Getting into the habit of exercising for even as little as 10 minutes a day, can greatly improve the quality of your sleep. Exercise reduces stress levels and tires you out, so when it is time to turn out the lights your body is ready for rest, allowing you to wake rejuvenated and ready to take on the world! Sleep.org have some great articles on how to time your exercise to help optimise your sleep if you want more information.
Boost your body image
The physical effects of exercise are undeniable and as fitness levels improve and you become more aware of your physical capabilities, the changes in body composition can alter the way you look at yourself for the better. By renewing your mindset you become focused on what your body can do and start to appreciate its strength.
If you are just starting your fitness journey or have just hit a bit of a bump in the road try to remind yourself where you started and how far you have come. Talk to your friends and family about what’s going on, find your support group and watch as you push through the pain and surprise yourself with what you can achieve.