We all know that regular exercise is good for the body. Did you also know that exercise improves mental health?
Playing a sport, hiking, jogging, cycling or even just walking to work all have physical benefits. Now, there’s even further reason to get fit, with studies suggesting that physical health and regular exercise is also good for your mind!
Regular exercise such as hiking may help prevent and treat mental health conditions, as well as reducing the risk of developing depression and dementia as you get older.
With one in five of us experiencing a mental health illness in any given year, MensLine Australia believes there is no better time to dust off the runners, grab your active-wear and start hitting the gym!
Mental health benefits of exercise
- Gives you a feeling of more energy
- May reduce anxiety and creates a happier mood
- Encourages social interactions when joining group activities
- Helps to improve sleep
- Improves your self-confidence
- Gives you a goal to strive for
- May reduce stress levels
- Allows for calmer thinking patterns
- Allows you to concentrate for longer periods
- Improves your physical health, potentially replacing behaviours that are bad for your long-term physical health, e.g. smoking/alcohol
- Provides new experiences, and a distraction from negative thoughts
- Gives you a feeling of stronger resilience.
If you need to speak with a counsellor, you can call MensLine Australia at any time on 1300 78 99 78.
Contributed by MensLine Australia