Physical Activity Benefits your mental health as it leads to:
- improved sleep
- increased well-being
- enhanced mood
- improved confidence and social skills
- increased concentration and learning
- heightened self-esteem
- reduced stress
Being Physically Active
Physical activity is body movement that works your muscles and uses more energy than when resting. Individuals of all ages should be active. Some physical activity better than none, and more is better than some!
Benefits to your Mental Health
Exercise releases chemicals in the brain that make us feel good. Regular physical activity can boost self-esteem, improve our circulation, help us sleep better while helping us to generally look and feel good. Exercise also keeps the brain and other vital organs healthy.
How much is enough?
30 minutes per day of moderate activity for five days per week
vigorous activity for 75 minutes once per week AND muscle
strengthening activity for at least two days per week.
Tips for starting exercise:
It is NEVER too late to start being physically active.
- replace sedentary time (watching TV, playing computer games, scrolling on your phone) with more active time
- be okay with going slowly and gradually work on increasing exercise time
- be creative and find something you enjoy
- vary your activities
- set realistic goals; short, medium and long term
- short bouts of activity count once they are at least 10 minutes in duration
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that the information in this section is not intended as a substitute for clinical diagnosis or to replace the advice of a medical professional. If concerned, please contact your family doctor or phone the Samaritans on 116 123, or visit www.yourmentalhealth.ie.
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