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It's well known that regular exercise is good for our bodies – and there's good evidence that it can help improve our mental wellbeing too.

An Overview of Mental Health

Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. It also plays a role in preventing the development of mental health problems and in improving the quality of life of people experiencing mental health problems.

MIND's online information about getting started with physical activity can help people with mental health problems better understand how sport and exercise can improve their physical and mental health – and overcome some common barriers.

Deciding what's safe for you, how hard you should push yourself and finding the right sport or activity can be difficult when you've got a mental health problem. And we can all struggle finding the motivation to be active.

Benefits

Mood: when asked to rate their mood immediately after periods of physical activity (going for a walk, doing housework) and periods of inactivity (reading a book, watching television), participants felt more content, more awake and calmer after being physically active.When you exercise, your brain chemistry changes through the release of endorphins (or 'feel good' hormones), which can calm anxiety and lift your mood.

Stress: when events occur that make us feel threatened or upset, our body's defences cut in and create a stress response, which may make us feel a variety of uncomfortable physical symptoms. These symptoms are triggered by a rush of stress hormones – the fight or flight response. Adrenaline and noradrenaline raise our blood pressure, increase our heart rate and increase the rate at which we perspire. This causes us to feel stress. Physical activity is a good output for relieving these symptoms and consequently relieving stress.

Self-esteem: how we feel about ourselves and how we perceive our self-worth is a key indicator of our mental wellbeing and our ability to cope with life stressors. Physical activity has been shown to have a positive influence on our self-esteem and self-worth. When you start to see your fitness levels increase and your body improve, it can give your self-esteem a big boost. The sense of achievement you get from learning new skills and achieving your goals can help you feel better about yourself and lift your mood.

Depression and anxiety: physical activity is increasingly used as an alternative treatment for depression. It can also reduce levels of anxiety in people with mild symptoms and may also be helpful for treating clinical anxiety.One study has found that by increasing your activity levels from doing nothing to exercising at least three times a week, you can reduce your risk of depression by almost 20%.

Social and Emotional Benefits: being around other people is good for our mental health and social networks, plus you can maximise the benefits of exercising by doing it with other people. Lots of us enjoy being active because it's fun. Researchers have shown that there's a link between the things we enjoy doing and improvements in our wellbeing overall.

Don't forget the physical benefits too. Being physically active can reduce your risk of some diseases, improve the health of your organs and bones, help you to maintain a healthy weight and give you more energy.

Involvement

Quick tips for being more active - Watch the video for five ways to get moving and feel better.

MIND's online community, Elefriends is a great place for people to find support from people with mental health problems who are using sport to stay well.

Find Mental Health Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Your health matters. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health.

Every Mind Matters

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

One You

Thu, 01 Oct 2020

Being healthier is not just about doing the right thing – it's about making changes to fit your lifestyle and make you feel good.

We Are Undefeatable

Thu, 29 Aug 2019

When you’re managing a long term health condition, being active is about finding what works for you.

Active 10 App

The Active 10 app records every minute of walking you do (anonymously). Just pop your phone in your pocket and away you go!

Couch to 5K

Get off the couch and running 5K in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the step-by-step audio instructions.

National Governing Bodies

MIND

Contact Name
MIND
Contact Email
contact@mind.org.uk
Contact Telephone
020 8519 2122
Gravity Trampoline park Disability

Gravity Trampoline park Disability

Gravity provide a Disability Group Bounce:
Monday @ 5.30pm
Friday @ 10am
Saturday @ 9am

We provide a happy, enthusiastic enjoyable bounce!
Only £5 per bouncer and £1 for socks!!

Bramerton Village Hall

Bramerton Village Hall

The village hall offers a lovely space in which to hold exercise classes or yoga, pilates and wellbeing sessions. Facilities include ample parking, a small kitchen and two bathrooms.

FG Personal Training

FG Personal Training

Home to a private fitness studio in Gressenall, near Dereham.

Run by Freddie Grice, FG Personal Training is suitable for all abilities and fitness levels no matter what your goals.

BOX30

BOX30

Revolutionary 30 minute all over body workout using boxing integrated exercises. No class times just arrive during our opening times. Personal training coach at every visit. First session is free. Training led by professional boxing champion for fast trac

Yoga with Andrea

Yoga with Andrea

Yoga with Andrea is a practice for all levels, ages, abilities. Whether you have tried Yoga, never practised before or practise regularly, come and see us. Visit the facebook page which is updated regularly. Email, message or text with enquiries. I am alw

Tom's Kickboxing Academy

Tom's Kickboxing Academy

Tom's Kick boxing Academy Is a martial arts academy specialising in kick boxing, self defence and fitness training.

Started by Tom Oldridge in 2012 who has been in the game 14 years and teaching for 10 of those years.

We have 2 venues.

Shipdham

Yoganorfolk

Yoganorfolk

We offer various yoga classes, meditation, mindfulness and life coaching. Classes, weekend retreats and workshops. Beautiful studio with free car parking just off A140 and close to A11 and A47. You will always receive a warm welcome.

The Oak Circus Centre

The Oak Circus Centre

The Oak Circus Centre provides professional level training and classes in circus skills in the heart of Norwich with the help of our resident performers and experienced tutors; The Lost in Translation Circus company.

Mobile Me Out & About

Mobile Me Out & About

Mobile Me Out and About is a specially designed programme for the over 55s, providing information on fun and gentle physical activity opportunities for older adults.

Feel Good Fitness - classes for people affected by cancer

Feel Good Fitness - classes for people affected by cancer

The feel good fitness project provides free exercise opportunities for people affected by cancer to improve their health and wellbeing. Classes are available to people living with, recovering from and with a history of cancer, their carers, relatives and

SEN & Siblings

SEN & Siblings

We welcome children with complex needs any time at High Altitude, but are pleased to offer a dedicated session where families can bounce together. These sessions are autism and complex needs aware, with reduced noise and lighting. Our team are very experienced in knowing the best way to make sure children with special needs enjoy their time in the park.

SEN & Siblings

SEN & Siblings

We welcome children with complex needs any time at High Altitude, but are pleased to offer a dedicated session where families can bounce together. These sessions are autism and complex needs aware, with reduced noise and lighting. Our team are very experienced in knowing the best way to make sure children with special needs enjoy their time in the park.

SEN & Siblings

SEN & Siblings

We welcome children with complex needs any time at High Altitude, but are pleased to offer a dedicated session where families can bounce together. These sessions are autism and complex needs aware, with reduced noise and lighting. Our team are very experienced in knowing the best way to make sure children with special needs enjoy their time in the park.

Strength and Balance Class

Strength and Balance Class

Senior Strength Fitness is a team of advanced exercise professionals that specialise in falls prevention and evidence-based interventions to keep individuals independent and mobile as they move into later years. With a wealth of knowledge and experience exercising individuals with complex health conditions and mobility issues, we offer classes that are suitable for each individual's needs, as well as an environment for people to socialise and support one another as they progress through their well-being journey together.

Strength & Balance Class

Strength & Balance Class

Senior Strength Fitness is a team of advanced exercise professionals that specialise in falls prevention and evidence-based interventions to keep individuals independent and mobile as they move into later years. With a wealth of knowledge and experience exercising individuals with complex health conditions and mobility issues, we offer classes that are suitable for each individuals needs, as well as an environment for people to socialise and support one another as they progress through their well-being journey together.

Archery Beginners Courses

Archery Beginners Courses

Our usual beginners course consists of 4 sessions and all equipment is supplied. Courses usually fall on a regular Monday or Wednesday evenings, or Saturday afternoons in the Winter or Saturday mornings i the Summer. And we also offer courses to suit your needs. The minimum age is 8 and anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.