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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.

Active10

Exercise...made easy. Did you know that walking briskly for just 10 continuous minutes counts as exercise?

Couch to 5K

The One You Couch to 5k app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks.

One You Active 10

Physical inactivity is a major cause of disease and disability for adults in the UK. It negatively impacts the health, social and economic outcomes of individuals and costs the NHS in England millions

National Governing Bodies

MIND

Contact Name
MIND
Contact Email
contact@mind.org.uk
Contact Telephone
020 8519 2122

North Norfolk Workout Group

We are a volunteer run community group, carrying out practical conservation activities to improve the biodiversity of our local green spaces, as well as our health and wellbeing.

Pilates with Claire

Pilates and specialist exercise classes available in Norwich, Mattishall, Hethersett and Acle.

Classes aim to improve your health and fitness, for long term wellbeing. The focus is on "fun and fitness". classes are suitable for beginners and intermedia

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.

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

Sing Your Heart Out

Sing Your Heat Out provides drop in singing workshops in Norwich, Attleborough, Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn. People with experience of mental health problems and those supporting them are especially welcome.

Charles Burrell Centre

We are a non-profit community and business centre in Thetford, Norfolk. An abandoned school building, now home to groups such as kettlebells, pilates, zumba, yoga, martial arts, football, dance and cheerleading. We organise indoor and outdoor events, have

SoulShine Healing Ltd.

SoulShine is a social enterprise which works to empower people to have a more positive and thriving relationship with themselves, their bodies, their communities, and to the food they eat. We work to influence positive social change in our communities by

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!!

Fitness at the street

Fitness at the street is gym based in the conmunity of lingwood.

The gym open 7th January 2019

All Members get help with there fitness goals of all ages and ablities.
The gym provides plans and classes and also app ,that members can log activites

Yoga with Lucy

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instagram @yogawithlucya

Groove - Dance Fitness Class

Groove - Dance Fitness Class

Groove is a dynamically interactive and creative group dance experience.

These classes are for anyone over the age of 14. If you can move, you can Groove!

Meditation Classes (Mindfulness).

Meditation Classes (Mindfulness).

Weekly beginner and intermediate Meditation Classes.

Come and try a meditation class, where I will guide you through some simple mindfulness techniques into a state of relaxation.

I run weekly drop in classes - no experience necessary.

The first session is free!

Classes thereafter can cost you as little as £5 if paid in advance. You are welcome to email or call me for further information - or just turn up to a class, you are always welcome.
Vincent 🙏🏽

5 Week Mindfulness Meditation Course  for Teenagers.

5 Week Mindfulness Meditation Course for Teenagers.

A 5 week course for teenagers (parents welcome). With the pressures of social media, reality TV and photoshopped images, self-esteem in teenagers is at an all-time low as well as high levels of stress, anxiety and insomnia. Enrolling on this teenager specific course, you will learn valuable meditation techniques that can counter the above distresses. Including; mindful breathing, training your attention and cultivating your natural being, thus allowing peace of mind to flourish.

Meditation Classes (Mindfulness).

Meditation Classes (Mindfulness).

Weekly beginner and intermediate Meditation Classes.
Come and try a meditation class, where I will guide you through some simple mindfulness techniques into a state of relaxation.
I run weekly drop in classes - no experience necessary.
The first session is free!
Classes thereafter can cost you as little as £5 if paid in advance. You are welcome to email or call me for further information - or just turn up to a class, you are always welcome.
Vincent 🙏🏽

Meditation Classes (Mindfulness).

Meditation Classes (Mindfulness).

Weekly beginner and intermediate Meditation Classes.
Come and try a meditation class, where I will guide you through some simple mindfulness techniques into a state of relaxation.
I run weekly drop in classes - no experience necessary.
The first session is free!
Classes thereafter can cost you as little as £5 if paid in advance. You are welcome to email or call me for further information - or just turn up to a class, you are always welcome.
Vincent 🙏🏽

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Mindfulness and relaxation class, 2nd and 4th Friday of the month

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.

'Our Day Out 'Music and Movement Workshops in Watton

'Our Day Out 'Music and Movement Workshops in Watton

'Our Day Out’ is an award-winning programme of high-quality creative activities for older people. Creative Arts East hosts twice monthly free movement and music-making activities in Watton, aimed at giving older people a chance to have some fun, socialise and try new things in a safe and understanding environment.

'Our Day Out 'Music and Movement Workshops in Hunstanton

'Our Day Out 'Music and Movement Workshops in Hunstanton

'Our Day Out’ is an award-winning programme of high-quality creative activities for older people. Creative Arts East hosts twice monthly free movement and music-making activities in Hunstanton, aimed at giving older people a chance to have some fun, socialise and try new things in a safe and understanding environment.

'Our Day Out 'Music and Movement Workshops in Wells-next-the-sea

'Our Day Out 'Music and Movement Workshops in Wells-next-the-sea

'Our Day Out’ is an award-winning programme of high-quality creative activities for older people. Creative Arts East hosts twice monthly free movement and music-making activities in North Walsham, aimed at giving older people a chance to have some fun, socialise and try new things in a safe and understanding environment.