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Improve your mental health by getting active

Improve your mental health by getting active

Mental wellbeing is having a positive outlook on the world around you, but also feeling good about yourself.

When you feel good, tasks feel easier, and you can focus on the things you want to achieve.

It’s not unusual to feel low. Everyone has good days and those dreaded bad days.

But it’s important to remember that there are ways to boost your mood, naturally. Even if the day’s been really bad.

Feeling down or depressed can be triggered by many things. We're not here to figure out the reason, but we do know one thing that can help give your mental wellbeing a boost. Yes, you guessed it. Exercise.

There’s a heap of research showing the links between improved mental wellbeing and exercise.

And don’t worry. It doesn’t have to mean running for three hours. Hussle so you can have a quick 20 minute gym session. Take a walk on your lunch break. Go for a swim after work. Take the dog out. Just being outside and reconnecting with nature has a positive effect on the mind, and just moving your body in a new environment is food for the soul.

Pilates or yoga are great exercises for both physical and mental wellbeing as they also help with mindfulness.

Perhaps a focus on a goal – such as couch to 5K – motivates you more. Whatever your style, you can find an activity that feels right for you.

Sometimes, just spending that little bit of extra time on yourself can really make all the difference to the way you feel.

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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running ultra marathons. In addition to training for her epic runs she finds time for strength training, Pilates and Yoga. .