The message that regular, moderate exercise is good for your health will surely come as no surprise to anybody. It is also becoming more widely known that physical exercise can be good for your mental health too.
A useful Mental Health Foundation leaflet is available for download here. It provides information about why exercise is good for your mental health, as well as practical tips for getting started.
Whilst the idea of exercising may sound simple, there are many reasons why this change to your lifestyle may be difficult to implement and/or sustain. These include:
- Perfectionistic attitudes leading to unrealistic goals - "I should be able to run 10 miles in 45 minutes!"
- Anxieties about body image/social anxiety leading to hiding oneself away - "I'm overweight and everyone will stare at me."
- Beliefs equating exercise with vanity and stupidity - "Exercise is for meatheads!"
- Difficulty negotiating time away from other responsibilities - "I should put everyone and everything else first. If there's any time left over, then I can think about me."
- Fear of physiological experiences associated with exercise - "If my heart beats faster it means I'm going to have a heart attack."
There are many other examples of potential psychological barriers to implementing and sustaining exercise. As with any other change you wish to make, DDCP can help you to identify and think through the barriers. We can also help you to identify what might be involved in moving forward so that you are empowered to decide what, when, how, and if to change. Would you like to get started? If so, click here to arrange a free 30 minute consultation.
*If you have any concerns about your physical health, please do consult with your GP prior to commencing any new programme of exercise.