How sports/exercise can benefit mental health.
1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England. This shows that a massive amount of people are affected yearly by many different mental health problems however, there are way to minimise these problems and move forward.
Sports and exercise can boost your mental health and not only does it improve your overall health but you can also do this while with your family and friends, and there is such a wide range of sports and exercise that you can find what is right for you.
Relieves stress – Sports and exercise can help relieve stress which everyone knows is one of the main problems for people with multiple factors adding to it daily. Exercise causes your body to release endorphins, the chemicals in your brain that relieve pain and stress. It also reduces the levels of stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline.
Overall mood – It also helps improve your overall mood as you are focused on what you are doing and all your worries and thoughts are put to one side and you have a peaceful mind.
Helps depression – It also massively helps depression as it was found to be as effective as standard antidepressants. As depression can leave you feeling low and having no energy, pushing yourself to exercise can give you the extra boost, motivation and feeling of accomplishment.
Helps anxiety – It helps with anxiety like it does with depression and releasing good endorphins. However, the main point of help exercise has alongside with anxiety is giving you confidence and getting more social interaction.
Improves concentration – Regular exercise will help keep you sharp as you age. This includes thinking, learning and good judgement.
Improved sleep – It can help you improve your sleeping pattern as it will help you fall asleep faster and deeper so you’re ready for your next day a head. However, make sure not to engage with sports and exercise too late as it may leave you feeling energized instead of winding down.
Regular exercise and sports has endless benefits and it is advised you only need to do 150 minutes a week which is nothing when the overall benefits it has for us are spectacular, and there is a sport or exercise out there for everyone that they will enjoy. I will put a link below that will send you to a website which has a range of different sports and exercises you could look into and get your boost!