Improving Your Mental Health Through Movement

As Australians, we love being outdoors, keeping active and spending time with friends and family. However due to COVID-19, these things have been forced to change, causing disruption to our routines.

Looking after our mental health is just as important as our physical health, so what are some ways to improve our overall mental health?

Exercise is one of the main ways to improve our mental health. There is a strong link between exercise and reduced symptoms of mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.

To realise these major benefits, exercise should be consistent and routine when possible.

Some of the main benefits of exercise are:

  • Releases endorphins
  • Improves mood
  • Improves social connection and relationships
  • Improves sleep
  • Increases energy
  • Promotes stress relief

Daily exercise can include:

  • Participating in online workouts and classes
  • Getting outdoors for a walk, run or just some fresh air and vitamin D
  • Exercising with family members for support
  • Going for a short 10-minute walk on your lunch break.

It is recommended that you exercise for 30 minutes a day, or 150 minutes a week, at moderate intensity. This can be broken into smaller time frames to suit you and your lifestyle.

Always remember that some exercise is better than nothing at all!