Different Not Broken Podcast Exercise & Mental Health
Tim was the guest speaker on a Scottish Podcast called Different Not Broken. This podcast highlights that people may be disabled, but that does not mean they are broken, instead they are simply different. We all face challenges and we are here to share how we handle ours. I highlight the benefits of exercise to help improve your mental health.
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Exercise and Mental Health
In the podcast Tim, John and Adam try to explore the topic of exercise and mental health.
There is an array of evidence about the benefits of exercise for mental health including a major Level One study offering the highest level of evidence for exericse.
It explains that for someone with major depressive disorder who completes 45 minutes of moderate level exercise, 3 times a week for 9 weeks improves your mental health significantly by a clinically large amount.
In other words exercise provides a large antidepressant effect for someone with depression.
In the podcast Tim tried to expanded this further to try and explain that even though there is really clear evidence that exericse improves mental health, it simply isn’t that easy to get started, especially when you have poor mental health.
Choosing a form of exercise that is enjoyable for you is definetely something to consider first. Finding something that you will stick with long term is so much better than a short term fix.
Hopefully listening to the podcast will be a real encouragement and help provide some motivation to take your first steps towards starting some form of exercise to help improve your mental health.
If you have depression, anxiety or are extremely stressed then consider talking with your local GP as they can help.
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