It won’t surprise you to hear that I believe exercise can be life-changing in so many ways. One aspect that I’m particularly passionate about – and one that’s close to my heart – is the link between regular physical activity and mental health.
I know from personal experience that we can function better mentally if we keep active physically. The impact of an active lifestyle on your mental health is so simple yet so complex with what positive changes and natural activations inside the brain, and that’s why I want everyone to understand how important it is.
Get active in a way that works for you
Now, I’m not saying you have to go hard out 3 times a day like a high-level athlete… Just 30 minutes a day of activity is a great start, which can be as simple as taking a lunchtime walk to get away from your desk or riding your bike to the shops instead of driving.
The secret really is to find the activity that you enjoy and that fits around your lifestyle – as long as it gets the blood pumping a little, you’ll get the buzz of endorphins being released in the brain.
And once exercise becomes part of your daily routine, you’ll not only see a positive change in your mood and outlook on life, but it can help relieve stress, reduce anxiety, make you more alert and productive, and even improve self-esteem. Those endorphins really are powerful things!
Draw strength from the community
Being a member of a community like Anytime Fitness is a great way to turn physical activity into a healthy habit. A habit that rubs off on friends and family and lets you create a better version of yourself.
It’s about surrounding yourself with people like you. Everyone is on their own journey, and working through their own issues. Work with them, train with them, talk to them, share stories and motivate each other.
The benefits for your body and mind are there for the taking. What are you waiting for?