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3 Ways Exercise Improves Mental Health

Exercise is great for your mental health, too. Exercise is excellent for your mental wellbeing.

Exercise is excellent for your physical health, but did you know it has an impact on your mental wellbeing? It can reduce stress, improve your mood and boost your self-esteem.

The NHS recommends older people dedicate at least 150 minutes a week to moderate-intensity aerobic workouts, as well as two or more days to strength-training exercises.

Here are three ways exercise has an impact on your mindset. Before starting any exercise programme, talk to your doctor.

1. Stress

Cortisol is the hormone that's released when you're experiencing stress. According to Mind UK, high levels of cortisol have been linked to a number of conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, depression and anxiety. When you dedicate more time to exercising, your body learns to regulate cortisol levels, thus lowering your stress.

2. Mood

According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, physical activity can be just as good for mild depression as antidepressants or psychological therapy. Exercise causes a chemical change in the brain that encourages a shift negative to positive thoughts. An active lifestyle can improve your mood.

3. Self-esteem

Self-esteem is the one of the key indicators of our mental well-being, according to Mental Health UK. Physical activity has been shown to have a positive influence on it in many ways. Not only does it help you feel a sense of accomplishment, but the results of exercise can give a boost of confidence.

How can I be more active?

There are many different ways to exercise - visiting the gym isn't your only option. Find an activity that you can enjoy while it improves your physical and mental health. A few fun ways to exercise include:

  • Brisk walking.
  • Jogging.
  • Dancing.
  • Swimming.
  • Joining an exercise class for older people.

At Sunrise Senior Living, we provide at least five optional activities a day, including some that promote gentle exercise. For more information, contact us today.

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