Exercise for Mental Health

One in four of us will experience a mental health issue, such as anxiety and depression, at some point in our lives. However, only one in eight adults with a mental health issue are currently receiving treatment. Traditional treatments such as talking therapies can be costly or have long waiting lists, and some people may not feel comfortable taking medication.

However, exercise can be used as a complementary therapy. I like to think of it as one tool in our mental health toolkit. Evidence shows that regular physical activity, including resistance training and cardiovascular exercise, can help to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and can significantly improve mood and self-esteem. There are many theories behind why this may be, but it's likely to include a combination of biological, psychological and social reasons. Read my blog post on this topic for more information here.

If you are struggling with your mental health, you may like to try using exercise alongside therapy and/ or medication. I will help you to build confidence in and out of the gym, so you feel like the best version of yourself. You will achieve things you never imagined you could, and I hope, discover the joy that movement can bring.