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It's well known that regular exercise is good for our bodies – and there's good evidence that it can help improve our mental wellbeing too.

An Overview of Mental Health

Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. It also plays a role in preventing the development of mental health problems and in improving the quality of life of people experiencing mental health problems.

MIND's online information about getting started with physical activity can help people with mental health problems better understand how sport and exercise can improve their physical and mental health – and overcome some common barriers.

Deciding what's safe for you, how hard you should push yourself and finding the right sport or activity can be difficult when you've got a mental health problem. And we can all struggle finding the motivation to be active.

Benefits

Mood: when asked to rate their mood immediately after periods of physical activity (going for a walk, doing housework) and periods of inactivity (reading a book, watching television), participants felt more content, more awake and calmer after being physically active.When you exercise, your brain chemistry changes through the release of endorphins (or 'feel good' hormones), which can calm anxiety and lift your mood.

Stress: when events occur that make us feel threatened or upset, our body's defences cut in and create a stress response, which may make us feel a variety of uncomfortable physical symptoms. These symptoms are triggered by a rush of stress hormones – the fight or flight response. Adrenaline and noradrenaline raise our blood pressure, increase our heart rate and increase the rate at which we perspire. This causes us to feel stress. Physical activity is a good output for relieving these symptoms and consequently relieving stress.

Self-esteem: how we feel about ourselves and how we perceive our self-worth is a key indicator of our mental wellbeing and our ability to cope with life stressors. Physical activity has been shown to have a positive influence on our self-esteem and self-worth. When you start to see your fitness levels increase and your body improve, it can give your self-esteem a big boost. The sense of achievement you get from learning new skills and achieving your goals can help you feel better about yourself and lift your mood.

Depression and anxiety: physical activity is increasingly used as an alternative treatment for depression. It can also reduce levels of anxiety in people with mild symptoms and may also be helpful for treating clinical anxiety.One study has found that by increasing your activity levels from doing nothing to exercising at least three times a week, you can reduce your risk of depression by almost 20%.

Social and Emotional Benefits: being around other people is good for our mental health and social networks, plus you can maximise the benefits of exercising by doing it with other people. Lots of us enjoy being active because it's fun. Researchers have shown that there's a link between the things we enjoy doing and improvements in our wellbeing overall.

Don't forget the physical benefits too. Being physically active can reduce your risk of some diseases, improve the health of your organs and bones, help you to maintain a healthy weight and give you more energy.

Involvement

Quick tips for being more active - Watch the video for five ways to get moving and feel better.

Find Mental Health Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Make Inside Feel Better.

Every Mind Matters

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

One You

Thu, 01 Oct 2020

Being healthier is not just about doing the right thing – it's about making changes to fit your lifestyle and make you feel good.

We Are Undefeatable

Thu, 29 Aug 2019

When you’re managing a long term health condition, being active is about finding what works for you.

Active 10 App

The Active 10 app records every minute of walking you do (anonymously). Just pop your phone in your pocket and away you go!

Couch to 5K

Get off the couch and running 5K in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the step-by-step audio instructions.

Get Set to Go

Get Set to Go helps people find the physical activity that's right for them so that they are able to enjoy the physical, social and mental benefits of being active.

National Governing Bodies

MIND

Contact Name
MIND
Contact Email
contact@mind.org.uk
Contact Telephone
020 8519 2122
RideWise

RideWise

RideWise is a charity dedicated to supporting and enabling the use of sustainable forms of transport. We inspire and support people and organisations to travel more frequently by bikes, trams, trains, buses, walking, cycling, carsharing and even electric

Social Trail Running

Social Trail Running

A place for people in the Nottingham & surrounding areas who love a trail run to share events, routes & meet like-minded trail runners!

Revitalise Wellbeing

Revitalise Wellbeing

Yoga and Tai Chi classes focusing on improving health and wellbeing.
Fully trained therapist in the Full Movement Method, restoring mobility and relieving pain through deep tissue massage, joint mobilisations and a self help programme.
Regular monthly

Meiyo Karate Club

Meiyo Karate Club

We teach a self defence orientated style of Karate: Shindo Jinen Ryu. Our website is www.meiyo.org.uk. Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/meiyokc/

Soar Valley Leisure Centre

Soar Valley Leisure Centre

We are a popular and busy centre in the heart of your local community.

bhangraFusion

bhangraFusion

Bhangra Fusion Fitness is a cardio workout programme with a difference. Using a combination of traditional bhangra moves and bolly themed routines, members get a great fun energetic way to stay active and fit.
Classes are for adults and children.

Nordic Walk

Nordic Walk

Ongoing Nordic Walking Class.
Goals:
- learning how to do Nordic Walking
- getting active
- enjoying nature
- socialising
- recharge for everyday life
- boosting mental and physical health

Nordic Walk

Nordic Walk

Ongoing Nordic Walking Class.
Goals:
- learning how to do Nordic Walking
- getting active
- enjoying nature
- socialising
- recharging for everyday life
- boosting mental and physical health

Notts in City Minds

Notts in City Minds

NEW, FREE, men’s mental health project, based at Melbourne Park (NG8 5HJ – Leen Valley, Aspley). Participants can take advantage of the green space, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, as well as outdoor seating area, indoor café and learning suites.

Long Clawson Health Walks

Long Clawson Health Walks

Beginner friendly walking group, led by an insured and trained Walk Leader.

Wreake Runners (Couch 2 5k)

Wreake Runners (Couch 2 5k)

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Watermead Mammoth Runners

Watermead Mammoth Runners

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Parent and Child Yoga

Parent and Child Yoga

These creative classes are a great way to get active with the kids, aimed at parents with children aged between 4 and 12.

Senior Health Walks - Melton

Senior Health Walks - Melton

Beginner friendly walking group, led by an insured and trained Walk Leader.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi

Tai Chi combines gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness. This session can help to improve balance control, fitness and flexibility. In addition, it might reduce the risks of falls in older people.

Melton Running Club - MRC

Melton Running Club - MRC

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Birstall Running Club

Birstall Running Club

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Birstall Running Club

Birstall Running Club

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

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Mental Health First Aid Courses

Mental Health First Aid Courses

Connect Mental Health are offering Mental Health First Aid Courses at a heavily discounted rate (due to extended funding) that are accredited through MHFA England. Courses are available both online and face to face (when restrictions allow) and range from £35pp for the MH Aware course to £85pp for the full MHFAider Adults course.

Mental Health Officer

The primary focus of the Mental Health Officer (MHO) is to provide day to day support, coordination, and delivery of mental health programmes across Notts County Foundation including (but not limited to) Right Mind, On the Ball, Goals 4 Life, Primary Goals, Workplace Wellbeing and other health related programmes.