Mental Health and Exercise - taking the first step.
Regular exercise has been proven to improve your mental health, by reducing the effects of stress, anxiety and depression, boosting your mood and self-esteem and helping to prevent the development of mental health conditions.
Here are our tips for taking that first step towards improved wellbeing in 2021.
1. First things first
We know stepping into the gym for the first time can be daunting, more so for those suffering from anxiety or fear of the unknown.
If this sounds like you, book a tour before your first visit. We can show you around the centre and all of our facilities, including all the steps we have taken to become Covid-secure. Understanding everything from the booking and arrival process to changing areas and where our classes are held will help make your first visit go smoothly.
Our Fitness Instructors can also show you how to use our gym equipment and even create bespoke training programmes.
2. Small steps
Choose an exercise routine that works for you and your lifestyle. Allocating one or two sessions a week is a manageable and sustainable way to begin. Some people find working out in the morning gives them a great energy boost to start the day, while for others an evening session guarantees a great nights sleep!
3. Mix it up
Not sure what's for you? Luckily we have a huge range of activities on offer. Whether that's running, lifting weights, taking part in a Zumba or Body Conditioning class, a game of squash or trying your hand at badminton! Try a few different activities and see what you enjoy.
4. Take it slow
While working up a sweat is great, low intensity exercise has been proven to be the best exercise for getting those endorphins flowing and improving your mood. Try swimming, yoga or pilates to feel calmer and more content post workout!
5. Have fun!
A fitness routine you enjoy is key to staying motivated. For some that may be group exercise classes, for others it could be splashing in the pool with their kids at one of our family swim sessions -anything that increases your heart rate, makes you breathe faster and warms you up counts!
6. Track your progress
Keep a diary to track your progress or download an app like Moodfit, a great way to monitor your mood, stress levels, exercise and sleep patterns and get actionable insights to keep you on track!