Taking care of our bodies is vital for mental and emotional health. The mind and the body are strongly linked, so when you improve your physical health you will automatically improve your mental and emotional well-being.
Exercise can reduce stress and anxiety, lift your mood, stimulate healthy brain function, improve low self esteem, improve job performance, boost you energy, give you a break from thinking about something, increase immunity, increase social activity and protect against memory loss.
To get started it may be a good idea to talk to your GP especially if you have a health condition. Remember to start off gradually and build up your activity. Don’t run before you can walk!
Set realistic goals as it can be motivating and satisfying. However, don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t always stick to the plan.
Find an activity or exercise that you enjoy. You are much more likely to stick to it.
Try writing a weekly timetable or arranging to do exercise with a friend. You are more likely to do exercise if you’ve made a plan to do so.
We often say we’ll do what we enjoy when we feel better, but actually you’ll feel better when you do what you enjoy.
Keep an Activity Diary for a week. This will help you see what you are doing and if any changes can be made. Are you getting enough exercise? Do you have a good balance of things you have to do and things you enjoy?