One thing I’ve missed moving from a career as a professional athlete to teaching is the intensity of the training and the positive impact this had on my wellbeing There’s certainly more to sport and wellbeing than the physiological side of things. I think it’s important to think about full body health and the link between mental health and physical health – you simply can’t separate the two.
Mental wellbeing and health has become more prevalent of recent times. Whether that be because we are now looking for it more, that we are more able and willing to talk about our experiences or that the world we live in is more stressful and we don’t have the relevant skills to cope.
What can we do to make sure we have and maintain our mental wellbeing? We all have mental health and it is important to know what we look like at our best, and what things help us to get there.
One of the self-help strategies I’m eluding to is exercise and exercise is an important part of my wellness plan. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood. And it isn’t the rigorous fitness plan I used to put my body through, in fact research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference. As little as a short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking is enough to lift our mood, increase mental alertness and boost our energy.
No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better! So, Get Fit for a Miracle! Join in, no matter how much or how little you can do and experience the benefits you can reap from regular exercise!