Did you know that exercise can be a better anti-depressant than medication? Whether you’re experiencing a low mood or ongoing symptoms of stress or depression, getting a good workout in can help. Of course, we recommend that you speak with your GP before beginning any exercise regime and to determine if exercise can help with your low mood or depression symptoms.
In 2018, a US study found that exercising for 30 to 50 minutes at a time was best for improving mental health. It makes sense, we are becoming more aware that regular exercise is just as important for our mental wellbeing as it is for our physical health. Regardless of your age or fitness level, making time for exercise provides significant health benefits.
Why does exercise help increase our mood? When we exercise we stimulate certain areas of our brain and release chemicals that affect how we feel. The effects of these chemicals can last for several hours following a workout and, even more incredibly, some people report noticeable improvements in their mood just after 10 minutes of exercise.
Another benefit of being physically active is that it improves your body’s ability to use oxygen and increases your blood flow, which scientists believe may improve overall brain function. Exercise also increases the production of endorphins. Endorphins promote a sense of euphoria and help to relieve pain and stress.
Not everyone can run a 5K, cycle for 2 hours cross country or hold a tree pose without wobbling. But everyone can do some form of exercise, especially Pilates. Pilates is a low-impact sport that is beneficial for all ages, all sizes and all fitness levels. Another reason to choose Pilates is that it is an ideal exercise for doing with a friend. We offer both duet classes and intimate small group classes where you’ll get the benefit and motivation from exercising alongside someone whilst also maintaining the unique attention to detail and personalised instruction you’d receive in a one-on-one session.
Ready to book and join us in the studio? Check out our classical Pilates class timetable.