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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.

Connecting Actively to Nature

CAN is an exciting programme that supports and inspires inactive people aged over 55, in Devon, Torbay and Plymouth, to connect actively to nature. This includes people with multiple barriers to ac

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One You

Thu, 01 Oct 2020

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We Are Undefeatable

Thu, 29 Aug 2019

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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
The Diabetes Football Community South Devon

The Diabetes Football Community South Devon

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Nordic Walk Devon

Nordic Walk Devon

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SHINE ON SAL.

SHINE ON SAL.

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Naturally healthy fully qualified trainer delivering grounding breathwork and gentle stretching across Devon to 50 +Grounding

Earthing is the practice of connecting to the Earth, either by walking

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Grand Western Canal Country Park

Grand Western Canal Country Park

The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve meanders for 11¼ miles through beautiful countryside and quiet villages between the market town of Tiverton and the hamlet of Lowdwells.

- Horse drawn barge
- Cafés
- Play park
- Visito

Fair To Middling

Fair To Middling

Sponsored by SIGG SWITZERLAND WATER BOTTLES, MTB Strapon, Dartmoor Cycle Workshop & Shadow Security. Based in Exeter and and a British Cycling affiliated club.

Riding, racing, coaching, socialising and mostly, laughing.

Nordic walk - Meander -  Mincinglake Valley Park

Nordic walk - Meander - Mincinglake Valley Park

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One of 8 walks
Rapid, Ripple or Meander

Paracise with Fiona Bovey Tracey

Paracise with Fiona Bovey Tracey

Paracise is an exercise class that is gentle on the joints and effective, helping you improve your balance, flexibility and posture, all from standing, no going on to the floor. It has been described as Medication in Motion. It's fun, you'll love the descriptions: we swim, play basket ball and jump in puddles, all in one place! Great music too.

Fitness training

Fitness training

Outdoor, small group circuits, interval running, core and strength training (maximum of 5). Suitable for all levels.

Friends of Homeyards Botanical Gardens Volunteer Workdays

Friends of Homeyards Botanical Gardens Volunteer Workdays

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Teignbridge Countryside Ranger Conservation Volunteer Workdays

Teignbridge Countryside Ranger Conservation Volunteer Workdays

Join our team of Countryside Rangers for monthly volunteering sessions looking after the environment

Walk Jog Run

Walk Jog Run

Getting outdoors into a Green Space. Progress to a walk, or take a walk to a jog, all at your own pace

Outdoor Circuits Forde House Newton Abbot

Outdoor Circuits Forde House Newton Abbot

Outdoor circuits class. A fun relaxed, no floor (grass) work, all standing or using a tree to support ourselves. Gentle on the joints but effective exercise to improve balance, strength and burn some unwanted calories. Perfect before or after a weigh-in.
Its a great way to get fresh air and meet some lovely people in a physically distanced but socially connected way. Naturally Healthy.

Circuit Training on Zoom for all

Circuit Training on Zoom for all

Circuits on Zoom: a good warmup so the class is suitable for Cardiac Reahab and those with other health issues. We then begin our 45 second intervals. Its fun, functional, no floor work, and suitable if you are not interested in burpees and pressups. But you will get the same benefits without hurting your body.

Balance - We call it Wobble - strength and balance with a difference. on Zoom

Balance - We call it Wobble - strength and balance with a difference. on Zoom

Strength and balance is what we do. I call it Wobble prevention, or Otago. Wobble is a fun way to work on strength, balance, confidence, posture, flexibility and the best way to make you feel wonderful if you are worried about falling, or have recently fallen. It starts sitting in the chair, then we stand for a few tracks, hold on though. We finish sitting.

ZUMBA GOLD ON ZOOM! ANY AGE,ANY FITNESS LEVEL!

ZUMBA GOLD ON ZOOM! ANY AGE,ANY FITNESS LEVEL!

Zumba gold is a great way to have fun in fitness, no matter what your age or fitness level!.
Lower impact, and easy to follow moves to some rocking tunes!.
To join my Classes email: arbclove@gmail.com
Or contact me on: 07876033187
Look forward to hearing from you!.
£5 per session

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