Some days one of the hardest things to do when suffering from a mental illness is getting out of bed. The last thing we want to do or think about is exercise or anything at all really.
Many of us know that exercise is great for our body but we just don’t do it. We have every excuse not to go to the gym or even do some simple exercises in our home. We say to ourselves that we want to feel better and even look better but we rarely take action in doing so. Too many of us are relying on a pill to make us feel better.
Something that many of us don't know is that exercise is one of the best ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, stress, ADHD and much more. Exercise doesn’t have to be going to the intimidating gym on Main Street or running 5 Kilometres a day. Exercise can be adding in a 20 minute walk to your lifestyle 4 days a week or even doing classic bodyweight exercises in your living room we learned in gym class.
Benefits of exercising:
Exercise promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. Finally, exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression.
Higher self-esteem. Regular activity is an investment in your mind and body. When it becomes habit, it can foster your sense of self-worth and make you feel strong and powerful. You’ll even start to feel better about your appearance.
More energy. Increasing your heart rate several times a week will give you more get up and go. Start off with just a few minutes of exercise a day, and increase your workout as you feel more energized.
The most difficult part is actually getting started. First thing to do is write out small goals for yourself. If you already walk 3 days a week, add in an extra day or 2. If you haven’t exercised in a very long time don’t go as hard as you can on the treadmill or lifting weights, you will be sore for a very long time and possibly discourage yourself.
Ask a friend to join you in your fitness journey. It is always good to have someone there with you for that extra push.
The best thing you can do for yourself is plain and siimply move around. Whether it be cleaning the house, walking\ the dog, joining a fitness class or dancing in your kitchen. Once you add in some kind of extra movement into your lifestyle you will start to feel better much sooner than you think!
We can go on and on about the benefits and tips on what to do, but we would rather you get started ASAP rather than spending your time reading this!