Exercise your way to better mental health
When you are experiencing depression, exercise is often the last thing you feel like doing. Feeling tired and less motivated are common symptoms of depression and can make it a real challenge to get moving.
But evidence suggests that regular exercise can help people with depression to reduce their symptoms. So put your trainers on, follow our five easy tips and take the first step.
Explore your neighbourhood
A great way to introduce exercise into your life is to explore your local area. Find out where the best walking paths and bushland walks are by contacting your local government council.
Make it snappy
One of the best things about walking is that it doesn’t need to be rigorous or time consuming. A brisk walk is a great way to help with symptoms of depression and is easy to fit into your busy schedule.
Bring a friend
Exercising with a friend can help motivate you to keep up your fitness routine. Whether it’s setting a regular time to meet a friend at the gym, joining a team sport or turning a coffee catch up into a walk around the park, it’s more fun when you have someone to talk to!
Make it part of your day
Working exercise into your day is an easy way to keep fit. Catch the bus, walk to work or take the stairs instead of a lift. Instead of emailing a colleague, try walking to their desk to talk to them. It all adds up!
Keep it fun
By finding an exercise that you like, exercise won’t feel like a chore. If you enjoy nature, go for regular walks. If you like to meet new people, join a community sports team. If you like to try new things, try belly dancing, hula hooping or a Zumba class!
Exercise can help ease symptoms of depression by increasing your overall wellbeing, boosting your energy levels, improving your self-esteem and clearing your head to give you a better night’s sleep.
The important thing is to just get started.
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