Mental Health Awareness Week is from 10th to 16th May 2021 and provides an ideal opportunity to reinforce the positive impact exercise may have on your mental health.

We already know that exercise is good for your body but it may help both prevent mental health conditions and improve your mental health by reducing negative mood, stress, anxiety and depression.

Exercise doesn’t have to be just about getting the perfect body or developing the muscles. The pandemic and the closure of gyms started to highlight how much people had relied on the gym for their own mental health without fully understanding. 

One in four people will experience a mental health problem during their life. Studies have shown that if you exercise 3 times per week you can reduce your risk of depression by almost 20%

Even if you’re not suffering from a mental health problem regular exercise can still give a boost to your mood, outlook and mental wellbeing.

Why is Exercise good for your Mental Health?

  • When you exercise chemicals called endorphins are released into the brain. These chemicals make you feel calm, happy and energized.
  • During exercise your muscles loosen up and tension is relieved so you should feel more calm and relaxed.
  • Focusing on your workout should help ease your worries about other stresses.

The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

In additions to the impact exercise may have on reducing negative mood, stress, anxiety and depression it may help your mental health and wellbeing by:

  • Improving your self esteem
  • Boosting your immune system
  • Keeping your body strong
  • Enabling you to get better quality sleep
  • Enhancing your energy levels
  • Sharping your memory and thinking powers
  • Building stronger resilience

Tips to overcome obstacles to exercising when struggling with Mental Health 

Mental health can be one of the biggest factors holding you back from exercising and can leave you with a lack of motivation so: 

  • Start with a small achievable goal and build up gradually
  • Workout when you know your energy level is at its highest
  • Do exercises you enjoy
  • Reward yourself after completing a workout
  • Make exercising a social event

We have worked really hard at the Heath Gym to develop a warm, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere as being around people can also be good for your mental health. Exercise can be a social activity working out with friends, making new ones and talking to members of the team. The combination of this type of interaction and exercise can really boost your mood.

If you’re ensure what exercises to do have a chat with one of the team members, book an appointment to have an individual training programme devised or take advantage of our new “workout of the week cards”. 

Whilst exercise is a great way to lift your mood and improve your mental wellbeing if you are struggling you should speak to a health care professional.


To learn more about Mental Health Awareness Week follow this link:

Mental Health Awareness Week