Exercise has multiple physical benefits, such as improving physical condition or keeping a healthy immune system. However, exercise has also been considered vital for maintaining mental well-being. Exercise can create a temporary boost for those suffering from anxiety or depression, acting as a medication, which slowly over time can alleviate the symptoms.
Stress and anxiety
- Studies have shown that exercise can reduce fatigue and stress, improve alertness and concentration, and overall enhance the cognitive function
- When stressed, due to the multiple nerve connection this can not only affect the brain but have an impact on your body. Your body and brain work together, so if your body feels better then so will your mind. Physical activity, such as a simple walk, cause your body to produce endorphins (being chemicals within the brain, that act as natural painkiller), and this physical activity allows you to sleep better- reducing stress
- Scientists have proven that around 5 minutes of aerobic exercise can help stimulate anti- anxiety effects, decreasing tension levels, improve sleep, increase mood, and keep it constant and increase self- esteem/ happiness
- Psychologists have suggested that a 10-minute walk can be just as good as a 45-minute workout, because exercise can quickly work to elevate the depressed mood within people, suffering from depression or anxiety disorder, giving a temporary boost
- It has also been proven that physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression than sedentary people, and are 25 percent less likely to develop depression or an anxiety disorder
How we can help?
- Sometimes if you don’t know where to start with your exercise, a physiotherapist can guide you. Particularly if you have been injured or have been unwell for a long time, a physiotherapist can give you the confidence you need by demonstrating to you what exercises you can do without causing you harm
- A physiotherapist can teach you ways to manage your fatigue levels by providing a personalised programme with specific exercises that are for your level
- Our therapists are always thoughtful and considerate, they will never push you beyond your limits. They will always listen and take good care to ensure the patient achieves their optimum but within their limits.
If you or a loved one would like to discuss how we can help you, please contact us on 0330 335 1016, or alternatively, please fill out the contact sheet and we will get back to you.