We all know that regular exercise is good for the body, but what can it do for the mind? Almost 30,000 people in Malta suffer with some form of depression, equivalent to 6.6% of the Maltese population. But regular exercise can have a profound and positive effect on mental health conditions including depression, anxiety and ADHD. It also helps to relieve stress, boost memory, improve sleep and is just a general overall mood booster.
A number of studies have shown the benefits of exercise on mental health. Fitness can raise your energy levels and help you to cope better with the daily ups and downs of your condition. Exercise is a great way to calm your mind and relax you when needed. A regular work out can do so much more than just improve our physical health and our waistline. It can also contribute to:
· Reducing stress and anxiety
· Boosting happy chemicals
· Improving self confidence
· Stopping cognitive decline
· Boosting brain power and sharpening memory
· Increasing productivity
· Stimulating creativity
Regular exercise can provide huge benefits far beyond your gym. This useful guide explains more about the link between physical fitness and mental health.