Five reasons to keep fit
The benefits of exercise
Posted: Tuesday 31st March 2020
Make it count
The Covid-19 virus has caused an unprecedented effect which no one could have predicted. Currently the force of the virus on the world is dramatic and with it, everyone’s daily lives are being impacted.
The fear of the unknown of the virus may cause many to panic, which as a subsequence can have a huge negative effect on our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our well-being during such times.
During the Coronavirus there are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active. As well as going for walks in the fresh air, officials also advise eating healthily and getting enough exercise. We all know the benefits that exercise has on our physical health, but not everyone is aware of the positive effect it can have on our mental wellbeing too.
The event of the Coronavirus outbreak has caused many of us to feel threatened. As a result of this our body’s defences cut in and create a stress response, which may make us feel uncomfortable. Physical exercise can be very effective in relieving stress. As you exercise your body produces cortisol (the stress hormone). As a result of regular exercise it allows your body to regulate cortisol, meaning you will feel less stressed and overwhelmed in certain situations.
When you exercise, your brain chemistry changes and feel good hormones called endorphins are released. These hormones are known to calm anxiety and lift your mood.
According to a center for CBT Therapy in London, when you feel better physically, you feel better mentally.
According to research from The Sleep Doctor exercise can contribute to more sound and restful sleep. Physical activity increases time spent in deep sleep, the most physically restorative sleep phase. Deep sleep helps to boost immune function and control stress and anxiety.