Tackling Mental Health Issues with Exercise

The mechanisms underpinning the connectedness of physical exercise to mental health and wellbeing are complex and multi-layered. In a previous article, I looked at the brain and the physiological changes that take place. In this article, I’m going to discuss the psychological side of things and how the chemical changes induced by exercise, go on […]

Is walking good for mental health – Part 1

In a previous article, I shared my own experience of depression and how my daily walking ritual helps me manage my mental health. I have been convinced for a long time now that walking has a profound impact on my mental health. As I child I could never sit still and just wanted to keep […]

Three techniques to avoid depression

In the UK one in six adults experience a common mental health problem every week and sadly suicide is now the biggest killer of young men. It is now more important than ever that we all have a better understanding of this issue that affects so many of us. By taking a proactive approach to […]

Wise words from Rocky Balboa

Yeah yeah I know it’s just a movie and Rocky isn’t actually a real person but I still love that guy 👊 I love all of the Rocky movies. They are the ultimate underdog story. If you have not seen them then make sure you add them to your watch list. Especially if you love […]

Using exercise to elevate mood

There is a lot of criticism being hurled at the UK government at the moment with regard to their management of Covid-19. However, I’m really pleased to see how much they are clearly valuing the importance of exercise. At the time of writing this, the UK is in “lockdown’.  The government have decided that the […]

Exercise and the brain

The brain is the most complex structure known to humans. Fully understanding how it functions, the intricate cross-connections and the impacts of external influences are, to say the least, complicated. Even for neuroscientists who have studied the brain for decades. One thing is clear though: physical exercise is extremely good for brain functioning and mental […]

Exercise and Day to Day Life

Being active is important in terms of managing weight and preventing certain illnesses. This isn’t a revelation. So why isn’t everyone taking part in regular exercise then? Everyone knows they should exercise, but it’s here where we have the problem: should. Exercise is often seen as something we ‘should’ do or ‘have to’ do to […]

Exercise and mental health

exercise and mental health

The parallels between exercise and a better body aren’t too difficult to imagine. If you go running four times a week, you’d imagine yourself to improve your physical stamina as well as lose a few pounds in body weight. If you train your biceps twice a week in the gym, you’d imagine over a couple […]

Gym motivation

Believe it or not fitness professionals will occasionally lack gym motivation too. Sometimes we feel tired and sometimes we feel a bit bored. However, what we have is the training and the knowledge that gives us the ability to change our mind-set and find the motivation we need. Where does gym motivation come from? As […]