The relationship between mental health and physical activity 

The relationship between mental health and physical activity has always been an important topic in society. Burgh’s media team discusses how physical activity can help those dealing with mental health concerns.   

We already know that physical activity is good for your body. But did you know that it can boost your mood, energy, improve your sleep and can even help with feelings commonly associated with mental health.    The current state of the climate has seen a rise in mental health cases.

Looking after your mental and physical well-being is an important part of staying healthy during this challenging time. Even a short workout of 10minutes has the potential to increase your mental alertness, mood and energy.    It can be easy for ALL of us to take our mental health for granted. We usually prioritise ‘more important tasks’ or simply just put it off until the following week. For many, it can seem too big of a task.

This is a common challenge that everyone can overcome. Here are some simple and effective tips to get you started. 

  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep and rest each night Participate in some form of physical activity. E.g. running, swimming, weight-lifting.
  • Simply be active
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Make time in your day to do the things you enjoy most Learn to manage stress.
  • Everyone is different so find what works best for you .

This may seem like straight forward steps. However, the truth of the matter is that many people forget about them or are too preoccupied with work, life, social commitments. One of the most important steps discussed above which must not be overlooked is physical activity. Consistently exercising is likely to reduce feelings of stress, anxiety by improving your self-esteem and cognitive function. Regularly participating in some kind of physical activity plays a vital role in preventing the development of problems associated with mental health. To stay sane during these times one of the best things you can do is to be part of a group.

Simply get involved and join in. Exercise not only has a positive effect on your physical fitness but also has the potential to improve your self esteem. We simply feel better about ourselves when we are consistent with an exercise regime.

It is often we will find out that lives our ability to deal with life's stresses becomes enhanced.  Making small changes in your life such as leaving the car at home for short journeys can be a starting point to living a healthier, happier life. These small steps may seem insignificant at first, but over time they are likely to be the catalyst for substantial change in the coming weeks, months and years.