The benefits exercise can have on your mental health are thought to be in part thanks to the release of hormones called endorphins, which can make us experience positive feelings. Studies suggest that they can help reduce symptoms of depression and boost self-esteem.
Research from Germany proposes that, the kind of exercise you do could also have an important role to play. They found that exercises which require complete focus, such as bouldering could be the best. This is because it can break the cycle of rumination – mulling over your problems. As a result, it encourages you to be in the present moment.
But regardless of the exercise you choose to do, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that those suffering from mild to moderate depression take part in three activity sessions ranging from 45 minutes to an hour in duration over a period of 10-14 weeks to secure the benefits of mood-elevating exercise.
Rita Marondera, Registered Nurse at Camino Healthcare said: “Staff and Service Users recently took part in laughing yoga, it was great for those who might have difficulty exercising or for those who are reluctant to do so.”
Laughter, like exercise, has been shown to release endorphins. Studies have shown that the physical exertion involved in the process can give the benefits of a light workout.
Here are a few ideas of some activities that could give you a lift:
Walking or Jogging
Joining a Gym
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