Written by Sarah
Is Exercise Good For Your Mental Health?
We all know exercise is good for your physical health, but did you know it can improve your mental wellbeing too?
Scientists have found that exercise causes chemical changes in our brains, that helps to positively change our mood. As well as giving you an endorphin kick exercise has been found to help people with mild depression and anxiety issues.
The simple act of focussing on exercising can also be a good escape from the stresses of daily life. For example you might find yoga calming, boxing as a good form of stress relief or running as just a general distraction from the worries in your head.
“Exercise has been found to help people with mild depression and anxiety”
As well as putting you in a positive headspace, exercise can also help combat loneliness and improve your confidence. Group classes and team sports are also a great way to meet people in a new city, so look our for a local netball team, sign up to a circuits class or get your groove on in a salsa lesson.
With so much evidence you can’t deny that exercise doesn’t improve mental health, but it doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym hard. There are so many ways to keep active from swimming and pilates to skateboarding, or you could even just cycle to your lectures.
And to make things even easier for you, we’ve built a gym onsite at The Project at Hoxton – free for all residents to use. So you’ve really go no excuses now have you?!