How Exercise Can Help Reduce Anxiety

Our physical wellbeing has been proven to be strongly linked to our mental wellbeing. Here is IL's top tips on how you can create a routine to reduce the stresses in your life with exercise.

How Exercise Can Help Reduce Anxiety

Living in a COVID-19 world has created plenty of stressors that impact ourselves and our communities. According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in 5 adults in the UK feel a sense of hopelessness due to the pandemic. High levels of stress and anxiety can leave you feeling stuck in a rut but we can help get you on a healthier path by adopting positive and personalised exercises to de-stress.


So, does exercise really help anxiety? According to the experts, our physical wellbeing has a strong correlation to our mental wellbeing. Exercise releases endorphins, the ‘feel good’ chemical, into your body, that instantly gives you a boost post-workout.


But how can we help in making exercise and anxiety work for you? Read our tips on how you can create a routine to reduce the stresses in your life.


1. Use Exercise as a Break In Your Day

You will have probably noticed your own high and low points throughout the day when you’re busy with life – especially if working from home more often. Spending most of your day inside, hunched over a laptop, is not the way to feel good. Get out of a pattern of stagnation by scheduling in 10-minute breaks throughout your day to get up and move. Try one of our simple workouts posted on our socials every Wednesday for a boost to your day!


2. Pick Something You Actually Enjoy

Different forms of exercise have different pay-offs and finding the best exercise for anxiety is often a personal choice. Your ideal exercise might be all about the adrenalin rush – straightforward running or a good HIIT workout will satisfy that need – or maybe you’d like to go down the more holistic route; in which case yoga and meditation will benefit your body and mind. If you’d like help in looking for what exercise is right for you, try one of our many classes across IL.


3. Self-Care Should Be a Priority

Pay attention to what your body is telling you, don’t overlook the benefits of self-care after physical activity. Self-Care can be as simple as stretching after your workout, a nice soothing bath to relieve aching muscles or just taking some time for yourself. When you do find that practice of exercise and self-care that you enjoy, remember to set a consistent routine with achievable goals so you don’t lose motivation.


4. Find Your Workout Community

Working out with like-minded individuals is proven to help you stay on track in your fitness routine. Our range of classes across IL enable you make friends while doing your daily exercise. Having a community – exercise-based or otherwise – that you check-in with each week is a great way to engage with people and places outside of your home.


Try to stay present in the moment,  maintain a pattern of activities you enjoy, and don’t be afraid to try something new. While anxiety and stress management is never a perfect task, be aware of resources you can use to work towards a healthier lifestyle.


Want to find out more how Inverclyde Leisure can help get you into your best exercise routine for a positive mental wellbeing? Check out our website for our full range of offerings at IL.