Exercise for Mental and Physical Well Being

Getting exercise is good for our mental well being as well as our physical health – so the Business Healthy Challenge is a great way of toning up our minds as well as our bodies!

Much research has demonstrated that physical exercise can boost our mood as endorphins or “happy” chemicals are released by exercising. It is also a great way getting a sense of achievement and often pleasure if we are doing an activity we enjoy, which further enhances our good mood. A balance of activities for achievement and pleasure is a key ingredient of resilience and good mental wellbeing.

But exercise is also good at helping us manage stress and anxiety issues. Sometimes when we get anxious, we can get locked in a vicious cycle noticing the physical symptoms that may lead us to feel more anxious as our hearts race or we struggle to catch our breath. When we do aerobic exercise, we get the same physical responses, which can help to normalise them. It also reduces our stress levels, increasing our chances of addressing our problems more constructively.

Efficacy helps individual and corporate clients improve resilience and mental wellbeing through evidence-based psychological therapies and coaching.

Written by Tanya Wolff, Clinical Lead – Efficacy

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