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The best exercises to improve mental health
Posted date: 18-May-2020

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic is a trying period and it can be tough for some of us. Some of you may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and even facing immense stress from financial or job security issues. We may not be able to guarantee help in those areas, but we are here to help you manage your stress and improve your mental health.

We’ve done some research and pulled out the best and most helpful exercises that you can do now. They will help boost your overall mood, alleviate anxiety and chase the stress away!

You definitely do not need a gym to continue your exercise routines, all you need is a laptop and your handphone (whichever you’re reading this on really). Here are 3 exercises to improve your mental health.

#1 RUNNING OR BRISK WALKING

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The simplest and easiest exercise out there! Running or even brisk walking is a great way to destress and unwind. You’ll have time to organise your thoughts and gain some clarity.

It has even been said that running can be as effective as antidepressants in helping with mild depression. Running can also result in getting a runner’s high – it refers to the feeling of pure joy, reduced stress, due to a flood of endorphins released by exercise.

If you can’t run, no worries, try brisk walking instead! Both running and brisk walking can equally help your mental wellbeing.

#2. YOGA

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Yoga helps both the body and the mind and if you happen to find running way too intense, yoga is the perfect exercise activity. You can take your time to breathe and enjoy the different poses that yoga has to offer.

Yoga is especially good for people with anxiety. It increases the levels of a particular chemical found in the brain that controls nerve activity and this is great because people with anxiety have low levels of this chemical.

Click here to check out some yoga videos you can follow at home!

#3. DANCE 

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Now I know what you’re thinking, dancing seems a bit of a stretch and you’re probably wondering if you can even dance right? Well believe it or not it doesn’t have to be complicated at all!

Letting your hair go and dancing it out to your favourite song will not only improve your overall mood but it’ll also lower your anxiety levels. Since you’re at home there’s no reason not to bust out your moves!

In case you don’t believe me, check these out and try them for yourselves!

I hope these exercises help you through these tough times and always remember to rest between workouts! Just because someone else trains 5 times a week doesn’t mean you have to as well.

Written by: Keisha John