There is a lot of science to back up the benefits of regular exercise in combating depression, anxiety and many other mental health concerns. Exercise releases many of the body’s ‘feel good’ chemicals which make us feel good.
Regular exercise also aids in improving quality of sleep and in mood stabilisation. You don’t need to be an elite athlete to experience the benefits of regular exercise. In fact, 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day (a brisk walk is more than enough) will go a long way towards improving mental and physical health.
Do it with your family, a mate, with your dog, or in a group and the benefits will snowball thanks to maintaining social connections. Friends can also motivate you when you are feeling reluctant!
LMK firmly believe in the physical and mental benefits of regular exercise. To get you started we’ve included a few simple programs, but if they look like too much effort then go right back to basics and remember – something is better than nothing and move it or lose it! Even 5 minutes a day will be beneficial to your wellbeing and, as you become accustomed to increased rates of activity, that 5 minutes will soon become 10…or 20…or ??? It’s your call, it’s your health.
Professional advice is always advisable when deciding to ramp up your activity levels especially if you have any pre-existing concerns.
Advice can be sought from many sources, such as your GP, BMS, Health Services or Fitness team, or within the Healthy for Life program. Any of these supports will happily assist in providing an exercise program customised to your individual needs.
Best of luck and…KEEP MOVING!
Check out our tailored 30 day fitness programmes to get started.
Diet and nutrition undoubtedly play an important role in maintaining physical as well as mental health. We all love a bit of junk food or a few refreshing drinks but if these form the majority of your diet you’re missing the vital nutrients that help your body regulate your mood. Think of food as fuel for your body. If you fuel your body with highly processed foods and excessive alcohol you’re essentially juggling sugar highs –leaving you tired and lethargic until you get your next hit.
Not a cook? It all sounds too hard? Fear not, Here’s a few easy tips to ensure a better diet:
- Eat a variety of food, all in moderation
- Cook with colour (lots of colours on your plate mean a variety of nutrients from a range of vegetables and meat)
- Favour fresh meat and vegetables over processed packet food, don’t skimp on the veges, and avoid overeating
- Try new things – Learning to use spices can supercharge your enthusiasm for home cooking
Check out our Nutrition page for more helpful hints.