Two weeks into lock down we have noticed a few changes in ourselves – the life as we know has changed completely.
We wake up later, snack more, move less, forget what day it is, interact less with our friends and families and perhaps we are not as positive as we used to be.
Being stuck inside with no face to face communication with friends/ family and even work colleges, it is taking its tool on some of our awesome Clients and their loved ones.
Therefore, I have composed this email to highlight a few reasons why staying active and virtually interacting with people is so important during these difficult times.
We all know the benefits the exercise has on our physical health, but we are less aware of how good it can be for our mental well-being too.
So, why exactly is exercise beneficial to our mental health and well-being ?
It reduces anxiety and boosts your mood: When you exercise, your brain chemistry changes and feel good hormones called endorphins are released. These hormones are known to calm anxiety and lift your mood.
Reduces feelings of stress: Exercise puts stress on your body and produces cortisol (the hormone linked to stress). As you exercise more, your body becomes better at regulating cortisol meaning overall, you will feel less stressed.
Increased self-esteem and confidence: Feeling fitter and seeing your workouts improve, whether that is getting faster on the treadmill or using heavier weights, can give your confidence a boost. Increased self-esteem is also linked to increased feelings of life satisfaction and can make you more resilient to stress.
A clearer mind and improved sleep: A bad night’s sleep can really affect how you feel the next day. We have all experienced not being able to nod off due to worrying or over thinking. Exercising is a great way to help stop racing thoughts and is proven to help you sleep better.
Reduced risk of depression: There is evidence to suggest a trend linking those who are more active with lower rates of depression. Studies show that if you up your exercise sessions to three per week, you can reduce your risk of depression by almost 20%.
Social benefits: Being around people is good for our mental well-being. Exercising can be a social activity, whether it is working out with a friend ( online ) or making new ones in a class (online), the combination of interaction and exercising will boost your mood.
While exercising is a great way to lift your mood and improve both your physical and mental well-being, if you are struggling with feelings of depression over a long period you should speak to your doctor, or a trusted family member or friend or even your good old personal trainer.
During these uncertain times its extremely important we stick together.
Our online personal training is getting stronger and stronger and gives our amazing Clients structure and routine why keeping you active. If you are interested, please contact us we have an amazing offer on.
If you have any questions please contact us about anything, and if you are stuck and need emergency food pls let us know we can help.
Stay Safe & Stay Inside
Nick and the Team