Tracey Vowels.

COLUMN: Get moving for mental health

by fitness columnist Tracey Vowles.

Most of us know that taking some regular exercise can make us generally feel physically better about ourselves, however evidence shows that regular activity can also improve our mental wellbeing just as much as our physical wellbeing.

Being more physically active is thought to cause a chemical change in the brain which helps to positively improve our mood, self esteem, confidence, anxiety, sleep patterns and general health and wellbeing.

Choosing what to do can be anything that involves regularly moving our body more.

Simply taking a brisk walk in the fresh air or riding a bike will raise those levels of ‘Happy Hormones’.

Ask yourself whether you prefer to be indoors or out?

Trying out a new sport, taking part in an individual activity or joining a group or club?

Joining a group of ‘like minded’ people can be a good way to make new friends.

Social support is a great motivator, and sharing your experiences, goals and achievements will help you to keep focus and enthusiasm.

Work, family and time restrictions may mean you have to think outside the box to find a way of moving more.

You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits, even ten minutes dancing around the kitchen, skipping or jogging around the garden, running up and down the stairs, performing general household jobs more vigorously can all have a positive impact on our brain and body.

No matter what age or fitness level you are, we can all learn to use exercise as a powerful tool, creating a calmer, less stressful, more confident, physically and mentally better version of ourselves.

Tracey runs regular weekly exercise classes for ladies of all ages and abilities

You can contact her on 07970 029465 or email for further details or advice on any class.

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