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Make fitness your friend rather than your foe

October certainly helped increase our awareness of Mental Health with thanks to A-Star celebrities like Adele and Zayn Malik speaking out about their experiences subsequently Adele’s suffering of post-natal depression and Zayn explaining he had severe periods of anxiety-two conditions that are close to many people’s hearts I’m sure. It would also appear that as a Nation, Mental Health is no longer a taboo subject and we are becoming much more comfortable discussing our own well being in more detail and not being afraid in asking for help. Search the Internet for a link between fitness and mental health and you’ll find a long list of news articles and studies all confirming that there is a strong connection between the two.
Doctors, psychiatrists and scientists all believe that physical activity changes chemicals in the brain which can help with mild depression like post-natal, stress and anxiety. What exercise can also help you achieve is boosted confidence. In addition, exercising can also improve one’s memory and lengthen attention spans. According to health professionals, adults aged 19 years and over should exercise for at least 150 minutes per week. To achieve this however, you certainly don’t have to join a gym, as those of us who suffer with for example mild depression or anxiety may find the commitment of a gym membership slightly overwhelming. Feeling under pressure to go on a weekly basis sometimes can add more stress and in return the knock on effect is that we stop going altogether. A walk in the park, a cycle ride with friends or an hour of vacuuming and polishing your house are all excellent for getting your heart rate going and helping with your well being.

Choosing the exercise that you want and feel comfortable with is such an important factor in how you approach fitness. Fitness should never feel like a chore and it should definitely be something you enjoy otherwise, what is the point? I offer a range of classes from Zumba & Pound (new classes coming soon) all of which are offered on a pay as you go basis as well as memberships. Therefore, come along one week to have a taster and if you don’t like what you’ve tried, you haven’t lost anything. However, I believe not only will you enjoy it and leave feeling uplifted and motivated, it can also give you the chance of meeting new people and making new friends a strong connection between the two.

Doctors, psychiatrists and scientists all believe that physical activity changes chemicals in the brain which can help with mild depression like post-natal, stress and anxiety. What exercise can also help you achieve is boosted confidence. In addition, exercising can also improve one’s memory and lengthen attention spans. According to health professionals, adults aged 19 years and over should exercise for at least 150 minutes per week. To achieve this however, you certainly don’t have to join a gym, as those of us who suffer with for example mild depression or anxiety may find the commitment of a gym membership slightly overwhelming. Feeling under pressure to go on a weekly basis sometimes can add more stress and in return the knock on effect is that we stop going altogether. A walk in the park, a cycle ride with friends or an hour of vacuuming and polishing your house are all excellent for getting your heart rate going and helping with your well being.

Choosing the exercise that you want and feel comfortable with is such an important factor in how you approach fitness. Fitness should never feel like a chore and it should definitely be something you enjoy otherwise, what is the point? I offer a range of classes from Zumba & Pound (new classes coming soon) all of which are offered on a pay as you go basis as well as memberships. Therefore, come along one week to have a taster and if you don’t like what you’ve tried, you haven’t lost anything. However, I believe not only will you enjoy it and leave feeling uplifted and motivated, it can also give you the chance of meeting new people and making new friends.