In a study, led by Dr Samuel Harvey, of 33,908 people in Norway over 11 years it was found that just doing an hour of exercise per week was enough to lower the risk of developing depression by 44%. This is a huge figure and it shows that making just a small change can have a positive impact on your health. Just getting off that bus or train stop a bit earlier or using the stairs instead of the lift can add up over time and make a real difference to your mental health.
Interestingly Dr Harvey said that the first hour of exercise undertaken produced the greatest mental health benefits each week.
In an article in the Daily Telegraph in November last year it stated that children in the UK were the least active in the world which is shocking and something as adults we need to address, and take responsibility for to encourage our younger generation to do more physical activity.
Exercise is so good for us overall, not only is it great for the mind and a good stress buster but it also has all these additional benefits:-
Strengthens Bones and Muscles
Improves cardiovascular health
Being outside playing in nature proven to aid our immune system
Improves self confidence and self believe
Less likely to become overweight or obese
Lowers risk of developing type 2 diabetes
Helps with social skills in meeting and interacting with new friends
Promotes a positive attitude and outlook and increases confidence
Hence with sedentary lifestyles and limited time available, we really need to highlight to all that even small amounts of exercise can help us feel better mentally, so we need to encourage ourselves and others to set realistic activity goals that we can achieve to start to build this good habit and reap the benefits exercise has to offer both mentally and physically. Every little helps!
If you think that your values and beliefs are making exercise feel a big effort and a huge task to undertake than it should? Then let me help you be the person you want to be and help you overcome whatever it is that is stopping you from exercising and find the motivations and enjoyment
to exercise again in order to achieve your goals and feel great.
Is it time to make that change for you?
I have great success in helping my client’s achieve their goals in a number of different areas, by using a range of services linking mind and body such as Nutrition, Hypnotherapy, NLP, Time Line Therapy ™, Therapeutic Massage and Holistic Therapies. Get strong mentally and physically to feel your best.
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