Exercising with Anxiety and Depression

Mental Health

Anxiety and depression are suggested to be the most prevalent mental health conditions, with 7.8% of Britain’s population meeting the criteria for diagnosis. (Mental Health Foundation, 2016).

Just like our physical health, our mental health should be taken care of too. Physical and mental health go hand in hand. Looking after your physical health can create positive mental health, by releasing feel good hormones and increasing our ability to deal with life stresses.

Choosing a form of exercise that fits into your daily schedule and something you enjoy will increase the chance of completing your planned activity.

Low cost activities such as walking, running and cycling can improve mental health as much as activities with a higher cost, for example gym memberships, swimming and team sport. Opting for an activity which has no financial implication is a great way to get started!

Getting started:

  • Start slow and build yourself up
  • Set small, achievable goals
  • Exercise with a friend
  • Listen to music, audiobook or podcast
  • Don’t give up!

If you’re struggling to get started, our Exercise Referral service can provide you with further information and support from one of our qualified Fitness Instructors. Contact the Wellbeing Centre directly for more information.