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top 5 ways movement can benefit our mental health #movewithKIND
published by Owen | published on February 4 2022

For #movewithKIND we’ve been trying to get the nation moving more in anyway they can. From incorporating a morning stretching routine, running a triathlon or simply taking the stairs instead of the lift, we’ve loved seeing all the ways you’ve gotten active to start your 2022. However, one of the biggest benefits that of moving more is the effect it can have on your mental health. Have a read below for 5 key benefits that moving more can have on your mental.

better sleep

After a long day, there’s nothing worse than tossing and turning when you get into bed. By moving more throughout the day this can have some positive effects on your sleep cycle and help you to drift off more easily.

managing stress & anxiety

Another positive effect that movement can have is that it can make managing things like stress and anxiety more do-able. Doing something physical can help to release cortisol in the brain which can help us manage stress. This kind of physical activity helps to give your brain something to focus on and can be a positive way of dealing with difficult times.

brain boost

The mid-afternoon slump effects a lot of people especially when working in the same room all day. By getting some more movement in to your day, it can be a great way to clear that brain fog and help make you feel more productive.

connecting with others

Movement doesn’t just have to be something that involves you – getting active with friends or like-minded individuals can be a great way to give your mental health a boost. Whether that’s an exercise class, team sport or simply going for a walk and catch up with a friend, movement is a great way to connect with others.

self-esteem & self-confidence

Everyone likes reaching their goals and getting moving with sport or exercise, whether that’s in a group or individually can help to do this. By setting targets and reaching them, it can help give a sense of achievement which can help boost things like self-esteem and self-confidence.

For more resources on how movement can help your mental health, please read HERE. And for everything else #movewithKIND related, check HERE.