How Exercise can impact your Mental Health

Exercise can be great for your muscles, but did you know it is just as important for your mind?

As little as 30 minutes of exercise per day has been shown to improve the "mental fog" and help to keep you fit and feeling your best.

To make the most of your health, half-an-hour per day is recommended, which can be achieved through a healthy and committed approach to your exercise routine.

Exercising and Stress

Leading a stressful work and personal life can trigger the body's 'fight or flight' response. When we are experiencing stress, hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are released, causing the heart rate, metabolism and breathing rate to speed up. This is a normal coping mechanism for short-term situations but if the stress response goes on for too long, it can have damaging effects on the mind and body. [1]

However, there is a simple approach - getting regular exercise! We feel better after exercising, due to the chemical release of endorphins and serotonin in the brain, which can lead you to an improved, more stabilised mood. 

And when it comes to exercise, a little goes a long way. Not only has regular exercise been proven to aid in managing stress, improving mood and sleep, it can also help reduce the risk of illnesses in the longterm, such as  heart and lung diseasehigh blood pressurediabetesobesity and even cancer. [2]

Exercise, a no-brainer

According to Exercise and Sports Science Australia, recent research shows that physical activity can protect against developing future mental disorders. A recent study in The American Journal of Psychiatry has found "physical activity can protect against the emergence of depression."

The study found that exercise and physical activity decreased the odds against people developing depression by 17%.[3]

By simply committing to at least 30 minutes of exercise and physical activity most days of the week, your mind and body will benefit greatly.

Keep your Mind and Body on Top

One of the best ways to stay on top of your mental health and well-being, and to fit regular exercise into your daily routine, is to join a group fitness program. Active Pilates is a fantastic way to fit in an all-body workout, led by qualified and experienced instructors who can help you to become the healthiest version of yourself. 

With classes ranging from beginner to intermediate, Active Pilates offers something for everyone, with a range of pricing options and class times to suit your lifestyle.

Get fitness on your mind and find an Active Pilates class that is right for you.