Did you know that 3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression?
Mental health is about wellness rather than illness, and means being able to take satisfaction and pleasure in everyday life. There are different treatments, health professionals and services available to help with depression and anxiety, and there are many things you can do to help yourself, including exercise!
Why exercise helps with your mental health and well being…
- It makes you feel good! All those endorphins boost your mood and are even helpful in treating depression.
- If gives you loads of energy to enjoy other areas of your life due to increased fitness levels.
- It boosts your brain power. Exercise can help you think flexibly and become a creative problem solver.
- It helps you excel at school, study and work. Regular exercise releases brain chemicals key for memory, concentration, and mental sharpness.
Here are our top 5 feel good workouts to help with mental health and well-being…
Pilates combines breath with movement so is a fantastic mind body exercise. Regular practice improves core stability and strength, and helps reduce lower back pain. Another mental health benefit is that it helps with better posture, so you can stand tall and walk with confidence. Read more about our Pilates classes and view our weekly timetable.
You don’t have to run a marathon to get that post workout high. Strength training is just as effective as cardio for treating symptoms of depression and anxiety, but comes with the added bonus of boosting your metabolic rate and also keep your muscles and bones strong.
Yoga helps boost recovery and relaxation by stimulating the parasympathetic or ‘rest and digest’ part of your nervous system. Including it in your weekly routine keeps stress levels in check. Taking time for relaxation at the end of class boosts recovery and relaxation.
A brisk walk is a great way to start the day! 20 – 30 minutes is all you need to improve your cardiovascular fitness. If you can, try to walk in a park or by the beach, as research shows nature is extremely calming.
Group classes or one-on-one training sessions
Working out with friends or an exercise professional is more fun and also keeps you accountable. You’ll reap the physical benefits of exercise, and the social aspect is great for your mental health.
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.