Taking part of a virtual challenges means you are taking part in a physical activity!
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY = EXERCISE! There are so many benefits of exercise especially for the mental health! Getting up and active can have some great benefits for your general wellbeing, and luckily, you don’t have to start a rigorous training plan. Instead, small amounts of activity, from taking the stairs to walking to the bus stop, can help. I CHALLENGE MYSELF offers various walking and step challenges.
The Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health
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One of the biggest advantages of exercise is the stimulation of chemicals in the brain which can promote growth of new brain cells, prevent age related cognitive decline and aid concentration. Exercise releases endorphins, the so-called “feel good” chemical, known for boosting moods.
Even short bursts of exercise in the morning or afternoon can help regulate your sleep patterns. If you prefer to exercise at night, relaxing exercises such as yoga or gentle stretching can help promote sleep.
Increasing your heart rate several times a week will give you more get-up-and-go. Start off with just a few minutes of exercise per day, and increase your workout as you feel more energized.
When faced with mental or emotional challenges in life, exercise can help you cope in a healthy way, instead of resorting to alcohol, drugs, or other negative behaviors that ultimately only make your symptoms worse. Regular exercise can also help boost your immune system and reduce the impact of stress.
MENTAL HEALTH RELATIONSHIP WITH EXERCISE
Exercise and Depression
Exercise can be prescribed as treatment by GPs for a variety of conditions including mild to moderate depression. Alternative treatments include medication or psychological therapy. Through exercising, it has been found changes in the brain occur such as activity patterns promoting feelings of calm and well-being. Additionally, the release of endorphins from exercise is known to elevate moods.
Exercise and anxiety
Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Anything that gets you moving can help, but you’ll get a bigger benefit if you pay attention instead of zoning out.
Exercise and stress
Ever noticed how your body feels when you’re under stress? Your muscles may be tense, especially in your face, neck, and shoulders, leaving you with back or neck pain, or painful headaches. You may feel a tightness in your chest, a pounding pulse, or muscle cramps. You may also experience problems such as insomnia, heartburn, stomachache, diarrhea, or frequent urination. The worry and discomfort of all these physical symptoms can in turn lead to even more stress, creating a vicious cycle between your mind and body.
Exercise and ADHD
Those who experience ADHD may benefit from exercising to reduce symptoms. Getting active can improve concentration, motivation and memory as well as boost the brain chemicals dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin, all affecting focus and attention.
Exercise with I CHALLENGE MYSELF
If you are looking to start exercising regularly, or want to reap all the benefits of getting active. Designed to fit around your life so you can complete them as you wish, our monthly challenges, themed challenges, ideal for a variety of participants.