Sport and Its Benefits To Mental Health

The weather has officially turned a lot colder and as such, the last thing you might want to be doing is getting outside in the cold for a spot of exercise.

But did you know that sport and exercise in the colder months can actually do wonders, not only for your physical health, but your mental wellbeing, too?

Summoning up the motivation to throw off the winter woolens and head outside in the fresh air for some vigorous exercise may well feel as appealing as a cold shower. But there are masses of benefits to your mental health in doing so – and we can guarantee you’ll feel great about yourself afterwards.

For example, in the UK we get a lot less sunshine in the winter months. This, in itself, reduces our vitamin D levels and leaves us feeling depressed, tired and generally unwell.

By getting outside to exercise on sunny days, you don’t only get the healthy effects of exercise, but the Vitamin D dose you’ll get from the sunshine will add to your overall feeling of well being and help boost your mood.

What Are The Benefits Of Exercise?

Exercise can certainly benefit you physically – there’s no doubt about it – whether you’re looking to improve your fitness, lose weight, ward off illness, or even lengthen your lifespan. But it’s the feel good factor that gets most people so excited about getting active.

Physical activity plays a key role in helping with a range of mental health issues like anxiety and depression and in staying well in the long term. Sport has the power to improve lives, offering a positive influence on mental wellbeing and mental illness.

The benefits of regular sport and exercise to mental health are many and, if you’re looking to be inspired, check out the following things to expect from regular exercise:

  • Enhanced mood day-to-day
  • More energy during the day
  • Better sleep at night
  • Reduction in the impact of stress
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Improved memory and focus

Outdoor Exercise For Everyone

No matter what age you are, even modest amounts of exercise can make a massive difference to your life, helping you to feel better in mind, body and soul.

So, once you’ve made the decision to be fit and healthy, what can you do to exercise when you’re outdoors in the winter months?

Obviously there are sports, such as running and jogging, which are amazing for physical and mental health. But, this particular form of exercise isn’t for everyone.

If this applies to you, then why not check out your local parks and green spaces to see if there is some adult outdoor gym equipment for you to use? Instead of going to an indoor gym, this is a fabulously free way to get fit, tone your muscles, boost your mood and benefit from the healthy effects of the sunshine at the same time.

At CJ Sports, we have installed a huge variety of sports and adult outdoor gym equipment at locations all over the UK. We take pride in ensuring the equipment is up to all kinds of UK weather conditions, long lasting, made to the highest quality standards and is completely safe to use.

To find out more about the services we provide, get in touch with a member of our team today.

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