Physical activity can boost mental wellbeing and change your outlook on life. It can help people with anxiety and depression and might even prevent such problems from developing in the first place. Whatever activities you choose and whether you do it in a group or on your own, indoors or out, you’re likely to benefit psychologically.
Simple, everyday activities, such as gardening and walking
Exercise, such as cycling, swimming or working out
Sports, such as playing football, golf, or netball.
Joining a gym or exercise class
Regular physical activity can lift your mood, help you deal with negative emotions (such as anger) and bring you a general sense of mental wellbeing. It can help you sleep better, reduce tension levels, feelings of stress or fatigue, and give you more energy.
Some people develop a much more positive self-image, through changes to their body shape, as they begin to lose weight or feel their muscle tone get better. This, in itself, improves mental wellbeing.
Research has shown that doing physical activity outside can boost the impact of exercise on your psychological wellbeing and some research showing outdoor activity can reduce symptoms of depression, improve self esteem, reducing fatigue, frustration and tension