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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.

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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

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.

Catton Grove Community Centre

Catton Grove Community Centre opened in 1988 to meet the educational, social and welfare needs of the local community.

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

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.

Lyng Village Hall

New village hall opened April 2019, offering modern facilities for functions, regular sports activities, fitness, clubs, groups and private hire for birthdays, wakes, weddings etc. Good sized main hall, meeting room, café-style foyer, kitchen & parking.

NR12 Fitness Gym & Studio

WROXHAM'S ONLY BOUTQIUE GYM

NR12 Fitness Gym & Studio is a boutique gym located in Wroxham. Boasting an exclusive gym and fitness studio with access to modern facilities, free parking and sports therapy treatment, NR12 Fitness will cater to all of you

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.

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.

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

Able2B

Adapted fitness classes for kids and adults with a disability.
Designed for all levels of disability, including wheelchair users, classes are aimed to
improve strength and aerobic fitness as well as promote confidence and self-belief. A fun way to make

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.