To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, 13-19 May 2019, we are launching a new series of blogs that will focus on mindfulness and wellness. Here, our first article focuses on the benefits exercise can have on the mind.

We all understand the importance of regular exercise and associated benefits when it comes to our bodies, but it is also vital that we invest time in activities that will impact positively on ours minds.

Frequent exercise can really help to boost your mental well-being, helping to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress while improving memory, sleep quality, boosting self-esteem, energy levels and your overall mood.

Many studies have shown exercise to be an effective treatment in mild to moderate depression as exercise not only promotes changes in the brain that can promote feelings of calm; but it also releases powerful chemicals known as endorphins that energise your body and make you feel good.

Endorphins have been shown to relieve tension and stress. Both can cause the body’s muscles to tense and stiffen which may result in backache, headaches and joint pain. Exercise may help release this muscle tension and in turn relieve pain and discomfort, boost physical and mental energy, therefore further enhancing feelings of well-being.

Studies reveal that exercise can help regulate your sleep patterns. Physical activity can use up excess energy by promoting the need for sleep, while activities such as yoga, meditation and gentle stretching prior to bed not only encourage sleep but also a better quality of sleep, therefore helping you wake up feeling more refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

Endorphins can be beneficial to memory and thinking, helping you to concentrate and feel mentally sharper. Exercise is thought to stimulate the growth of brain cells and prevent age related mental decline.

You don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits of exercising.  Even modest amounts of exercise such as 20 to 30 minutes a day, especially activities that take place in the great outdoors, can have a positive effect on your mental health no matter what your age or fitness level. People who are regularly active tend to feel more energetic, sleep better, have sharper memories, a higher self-esteem and generally feel more positive about themselves and their lives.

Please check out our current class timetable to find out what activities you can take part in at Charterhouse Club or contact us on 01483 239600 to discuss membership.