Exercise is one of the best ways to improve mental wellbeing. This is true for everyone (even children & young people).

The benefits of regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and all-around mental wellbeing.

Exercise relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood. Sleep is important because without enough sleep our mood is negatively affected.

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Why does exercise have such a good reputation?

Exercise makes you feel good because it releases the chemicals called endorphins and serotonin that improve mood.

It can be the first sign of us looking after ourselves, taking pride in our appearance, wanting to lose weight or simply to improve our mood. Exercise can simply be done to improve our mental health.

If you haven’t exercised for a while, try setting a challenge for yourself – not running a marathon in a months’ time – small steps – the last thing you need to do is put yourself off before you’ve begun.

For Example

Day 1:

Walk for 10 minutes – take the children in their pram or get them to walk with you.

Day 2:

5 sit-ups

5-star jumps

60 seconds plank

Day 3:

Walk for 10 minutes – take the children in their pram or get them to walk with you.

Day 4:

5 sit-ups

5-star jumps

60 seconds plank

Day 5:

Walk for 10 minutes – take the children in their pram or get them to walk with you.

Day 6:

Rest

Day 7:

Walk for 12 minutes – take the children in their pram or get them to walk with you.

Day 8:

6 sit-ups

6-star jumps

60 seconds plank

You get the idea I’m sure...

This type of challenge is one that enables you to take your time whilst developing your relationship with exercise. Don’t rush into pushing yourself so hard you end up with an injury or feeling bad about not hitting your own personal targets, this won’t help your mental health.

Exercise.co.uk have loads of handy tips on how to include children in your exercise routine – this exercise will benefit them in so many ways. Check out the list of blogs here.

For more on what you can do for your children and a range of information on mental wellbeing for everyone, children and adults alike, visit InspireIgnite

 

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Before beginning any exercise or nutrition program, consult your physician, doctor or other professional. This is especially important for individuals over the age of 35 or persons with pre-existing health problems. Exercise.co.uk assumes no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained using our advice.

If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.