We understand sometimes when you’re feeling low exercise is the last thing you want to do but you will be amazed how much it can really help.
Remember! Exercise should be something you enjoy; otherwise, it will be hard to find the motivation to do it regularly.
Our CEO Tirule often says “the first thing to do when you join the gym, is find a diet and workouts that you enjoy instead of focusing on looks” only then you will feel motivated to exercise every day and also keep to your diet because consistency produce results.
The health benefits from exercising regularly are:
- Improved sleep
- Increased interest in sex
- Better endurance
- Stress relief
- Improvement in mood
- Increased energy and stamina
- Reduced tiredness that can increase mental alertness
- Weight reduction
- Improve your bones and strength
- And many more health benefits
- How often do you need to exercise?
To stay healthy, adults should do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
Read more about:
- activity guidelines for adults (19 to 64 years old)
- activity guidelines for older adults (65 and over)
If you have not exercised for a while, start gradually and aim to build up towards achieving 150 minutes a week.
Any exercise is better than none. Even a brisk 10-minute walk can clear your mind and help you relax.
- Exercise for depression
Regular exercise can boost your mood if you have depression, and it's especially useful for people with mild to moderate depression.
Any type of exercise is useful, as long as it suits you and you do enough of it, says Dr Alan Cohen, a GP with a special interest in mental health.
- Improving self esteem
Exercising may increase your confidence. When you’ve completed a workout, you’ll often find yourself feeling pleased with what you have accomplished. Exercise may also help improve your sense of self-worth and body image.
- Good distraction
Exercise might help boost a low mood by distracting you from your thoughts and worries. Being ‘in the moment’ can give you a break from stresses that have happened in your day.
- Exercise on prescription
If you have not exercised for a long time or are concerned about the effects of exercise on your body or health, ask a doctor (GP) about exercise on prescription.
Lots of doctor surgeries across the UK prescribe exercise as a treatment for a range of conditions, including depression.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that people with mild to moderate depression take part in about 3 sessions a week, lasting about 45 minutes to 1 hour, over 10 to 14 weeks.
The GP can help you decide what type of activity will suit you. Depending on your circumstances and what's available locally, the exercise programme may be offered free or at a reduced cost.