It is no secret that over the years, research has found that the impact of exercise and our mental health can have a major positive impact if you are suffering with anxiety and/or depression. In these uncertain times, it is even more important to stay on top of our mental health. Whilst everything can feel like it is all a bit of a mess, there are a lot of opportunities out there for us to stay connected, stay active and mentally healthy through physical activity.
Routine and community
If you are lacking routine in your day, half an hour of exercise and being active can help kick start your day. You will not regret it once you have completed a class and the endorphins are worth it and will elevate your mood. E-Motion completes all their classes online and pride themselves on community, and they know that making people feel less alone can really help with anxiety or low mood. They even have a “Virtual Coffee Club” and “No Pub Quiz” nights!
New to exercise?
It is important to highlight that if you have taken the steps to start exercising that it is ok to feel out of breath, it is ok for it to be hard and to remember that the feeling is not permanent. When your session is over the sense of accomplishment is second to none.
Lockdown is temporary
Lockdown is temporary but it doesn’t mean we have to put all aspects of our lives in that temporary category also. I would encourage those who are feeling low to commit to some form of exercise a day, see if it makes you feel a little lighter in the mind after?
Why not, in this temporary situation, make physical activity more of a permanent thing. For your mind and your body.
Thanks to Lisa for writing this blog. Lisa is a personal trainer and a coach for a local community gym called E-Motion Fitness Hub.
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