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Mental Health

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.

Diabetes Week: 10-16 June

Mon, 10 Jun 2019

Living with diabetes is tough enough without having to worry about what other people think, feel or say.

Every Mind Matters

Tue, 09 Oct 2018

How do you handle life's ups and downs?

Leicester-Shire & Rutland One You

Mon, 22 Jan 2018

Leicester-Shire & Rutland One You is here to help achieve a healthier you by providing tools and support to make small, easy changes towards a longer, healthier life.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

Men's Health Week: 10-16 June

Mon, 10 Jun 2019

It’s Men’s Health Week and the perfect opportunity for us to share how much physical activity men and boys should do

National Parks Week: 22-29 July

Tue, 23 Jul 2019

National Parks Week is the National Parks family's annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about our 15 National Parks - Britain's breathing spaces.

Race for Life

Wed, 01 May 2019

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of women-only events raising money for research into all types of cancer.

Active10

Exercise...made easy. Did you know that walking briskly for just 10 continuous minutes counts as exercise?

School Games (Leicester-Shire & Rutland)

A unique opportunity to motivate and inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

Your local Physical Activity, Sport & Health Team

Delivering programmes to support you to become more active.

Every Mind Matters

Wed, 05 Jun 2019

How do you handle life's ups and downs?

Men's Health Week 10-16 June

Mon, 10 Jun 2019

The 10 June is Men’s Health Week and the perfect opportunity for us to share how much physical activity men and boys should do.

National Parks Week: 22-29 July

Tue, 23 Jul 2019

National Parks Week is the National Parks family's annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about our 15 National Parks - Britain's breathing spaces.

Active10

Exercise...made easy. Did you know that walking briskly for just 10 continuous minutes counts as exercise?

Couch to 5K

The One You Couch to 5k app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks.

National Governing Bodies

MIND

Contact Name
MIND
Contact Email
contact@mind.org.uk
Contact Telephone
020 8519 2122

Ratcliffe College

Ratcliffe College is a coeducational Catholic independent boarding and day school in the village of Ratcliffe on the Wreake, Leicestershire, approximately 7 miles from Leicester, England

Charnwood College

Charnwood College is part of the David Ross Education Trust and delivers high quality education, sporting and enrichment opportunities. Located in Loughborough, the College has excellent facilities. The nationally and internationally successful Charnwood

Feel Fab Massage and Wellbeing

I offer massage therapies and act as low self esteem mentor. Special interest in mental health issues.

Soar Valley Leisure Centre

We are a popular and busy centre in the heart of your local community.

Knighton Park

Includes an Outdoor Gym

Queen's Park

It is well used as a place to play, relax or learn and is easily reached by foot, bicycle, car or bus.

Older People's Activity Group

The Older People's Group has been running for five years and has made a
massive difference to all who have been involved. Members attending have
a choice of activities which they select when they arrive, It's usually a choice
from gym activities, table

Rowley Fields Beginners

Rowley Fields Beginners

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Glenfield Runners

Glenfield Runners

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Braunstone Leisure Centre Beginners - Dawn's Running Pals

Braunstone Leisure Centre Beginners - Dawn's Running Pals

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Beaumont RC Beginners Running Group

Beaumont RC Beginners Running Group

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

New Park Beginners Running Group

New Park Beginners Running Group

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Birstall Running Club

Birstall Running Club

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Riverside School Gate Running Group

Riverside School Gate Running Group

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Road Hoggs Beginners Running Group

Road Hoggs Beginners Running Group

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Games Morning Thurmaston

Games Morning Thurmaston

A weekly session of sociable games, including Kurling, Bowls and table top games. Just turn up and join in. Refreshments included in price.

Anstey AAR Beginners

Anstey AAR Beginners

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Partners

  • Sport England
    NWL LSA
    Active Leicester
    Charnwood LSA
    Active Partnerships
  • Blaby LSA
    Melton LSA
    H&B LSA
    O&W LSA
    Safeguarding
  • Equality Standard
    Leicestershire County Council
    Active Rutland
    Harborough LSA

Partners

  • Active Rutland
    Safeguarding
  • Harborough LSA
    H&B LSA
  • Active Partnerships
    Sport England
  • Active Leicester
    Equality Standard
  • Blaby LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Melton LSA
    O&W LSA
  • NWL LSA
    Charnwood LSA