Medication is often the first thing people think of for treating mental health problems and next, many people would suggest a form of counselling. However, another treatment is making its mark and is even being prescribed by doctors and that is......exercise!
Being outdoors, having a purpose to get moving and exercising all of our muscles can have a significant beneficial impact upon our health. Various studies have found that it could cut the risk of depression by a third and for those suffering, it can help to manage the illness.
Therefore, make exercise part of your routine, your business plan and philosophy. Pair up with your partner, colleagues, friends or family members and make commitments. You may not be able to do much or want to do much to begin with but something is better than nothing. Jeff Olson will tell you that in 'The Slight Edge'.
As a business, do you or could you operate a cycle to work scheme? Can you collaborate with a local gym and offer subsidise rates to staff? Maybe have a Fitbit challenge, enter a team into the local fun run, enter a dragon boat race...….there is so much you can do to improve your workplace culture, staff wellbeing, your company profile and productivity. If you would like to do this but don't know how or where to begin, do get in touch.
Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety. 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.