Approximately one-in-four young people will experience some form of depression before the age of 19. Studies show that by the age of 14, students who have experienced mental illness are on average two years behind their peers when it comes to academic achievement.
The consequences of many mental health disorders are saddening; therefore, we need to focus on finding ways to combat these issues early before they start to occur. Thankfully there is an increasing amount of evidence indicating physical activity as an effective tool for improving mood. Several studies have shown a connection between physical activity as a depression-prevention approach amongst young people.
How does exercise benefit mental health?
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin that improve your mood. Many forms of exercise involve people getting up and outside, this reduces the feeling of loneliness and isolation, and most of the time it helps you socialise with other people.
Regular exercise can reduce stress and symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as assisting those recovering from mental health illnesses. Physical activity is linked to improving sleep, benefiting the mind + body in so many ways.
Exercise also pumps blood to the brain, helping you think more clearly. It also can expand the size of the hippocampus (the part of the brain responsible for memory) and promotes the connection between the nerve cells in the brain.
How to start exercising for your mental health
Committing to regular exercise is the best way to start giving your mental health the positive boost that it needs. Unfortunately, motivation will not come knocking on your door, so you have to be the one to take the first step (no matter how small it is), and soon the motivation will be there in no time.
Here at Hubfit Active, we understand how hard it can be to get started. Therefore we have created tailored programs which help your kids take the right steps to exercising regularly and safely, while still having a great time. Our trainers are passionate about creating healthy lifestyles and are always willing to guide kids or parents in the right direction when it comes to physical and mental health.
In the end, we are more than trainers, we are physical educators. Our aim is to teach all our students the importance of having a healthy mind + body. If you have any questions or want to learn more about how our programs help kids going through mental health hardships, let us know, we would be more than happy to help!