🧠 It’s Mental Health week.🧠
The theme for this years Mental Health week is to #GetLoud about what mental health really is. For more info, check out https://mentalhealthweek.ca/.
Mental health is about so much more than a diagnosis (or the absence of a diagnosis). Just like we all have days when we feel physically unwell, 🤧 we all have days when we feel mentally unwell. 😰 And just like there are actions you can take to maintain or improve your physical health, there are actions you can take to maintain or improve your mental health.
➡️ One action that may improve your mental health (and physical health!) is exercise.🏃🏽♀️
A study of 1.2 million people in the USA has found that people who exercise report having 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health a month, compared to people who do not exercise. (Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180808193656.htm h)
For me personally, I know that I feel better mentally (and physically!) when I exercise. I’m ⤵️ less stressed, have ⤴️ more energy, sleep better 😴, and feel better equipped to deal with life.💪🏼
The study mentioned above noted that the most beneficial exercise came from team sports, cycling 🚴🏻♂️, aerobics 🏃🏽♀️and going to the gym🏋🏼♀️.
If this feels daunting, remember that even walking (at a decent pace) qualifies as aerobic exercise! Now that spring is here, I’m looking forward to regular walks on the nearby walking trail. Getting some exercise while reconnecting with the outdoors 🏞 is a huge win-win for me. 😊
I’d love to hear from you. Do you exercise? If so, does it make you feel better mentally? Comment below!