With so much uncertainty surrounding life after COVID, physical activity is still more important than ever.
For many of us, this year has been challenging and perhaps exercise has slipped off your priority list. What’s more, if you are still working from home, you might be missing out on the incidental exercise that comes with commuting to and from your place of work.
But it is widely accepted by the medical community that exercise can really boost your mental wellbeing and there are even more activities to try now that lockdown restrictions are starting to lift.
Physical activity can help our minds in a multitude of ways and here are the main reasons why exercise makes us feel so good:
Triggers Happy Hormones
The most important mental health boost is brought about by the chemicals that are released during exercise, like serotonin and endorphins. These are feel good hormones which promote positive feelings like pleasure and happiness.
According to mind.org.uk, a good night’s sleep helps foster mental and emotional resilience, while chronic sleep deprivation sets the stage for negative thinking and emotional vulnerability.
Take a look at our earlier blog How to Sleep Better where we share expert tips and advice that will help you sleep better.
Exercise makes you feel like you’ve really achieved something. According to mentalhealth.org.uk, feeling a sense of accomplishment is an essential component of wellbeing. It can make you feel like you’re really progressing in your life and this may in turn make you feel more engaged with your other day to day activities as well.
According to a recent article published by the NHS “Raising Low Self Esteem, low self-esteem can be detrimental to our mental wellbeing. People who have a healthy self-esteem feel more positive in themselves and with life in general.
Exercise can be a real confidence booster by improving our body image. During physical activity you are likely to strengthen and tone your body making you feel better about the way you look and seeing these results can really boost your self-esteem.
Head over to our Move More page which is packed full of exercise ideas to get you moving.
Life Feels Easier
If you could get through your day in a physically easier way, wouldn’t that feel nice and make you feel happier? Exercise can do that for you!
If lugging heavy shopping bags around, housework and walking up and down stairs didn’t leave you feeling out of breath then life would feel so much easier.
Exercise brings about increased strength and better cardiovascular fitness making life feel a lot more pleasurable.
So there you have it! Whether you go for a gentle jog or participate in more intensive exercise, doing something is better than doing nothing. Find something you enjoy something and you’ll be one step closer to happiness and a less stressful life.