How Staying Active Improves Your Mental Health

Physical activity is good for your body, but it’s also good for your mind too.

We know that staying active is significant in sustaining a good level of health not only physically, but mentally as well.

Research has shown that exercise releases endorphins in your brain that help you

  • Concentrate better and help you focus
  • A sense of achievement
  • Less anger or frustration
  • Make you feel good
  • Natural energy boost
  • Boost your self-esteem
  • Help you sleep

How do I stay active?

There’s lots of ways you can stay active which doesn’t involve an expensive gym membership or 6am yoga classes.  Just 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 times a week is enough for you to start seeing the benefits.

Getting Started

There's lots of things you can do at home to stay active. 

  • Walk to the shops instead of taking the car 
  • Get an exercise DVD
  • Put on some music and have a 10 minute dance 
  • Go for a gentle jog or a brisk walk
  • Get off the bus a stop earlier and walk the extra way 

If you want to get out and about you could always

  • Join an exercise class - a great way to meet new people
  • Go for a swim at your local swimming pool 
  • Take your dog for a run in the park 
  • Go for a bike ride 

If you want to find out more about how to stay active, and the best exercise options for you, you can learn more here.