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10 Minutes Of Movement To Change Your Mental Health

10 Minutes Of Movement To Change Your Mental Health

10 minutes of movement really does have the power to change your mental health. Moving your body is good for your mind and physiotherapy has a great role to play in promoting movement and helping people to get back to doing what they love.

Brendon Stubbs, a leading researcher and physiotherapist explains that two key mechanisms, neurobiology – which is how our brain and blood system changes – and psychosocial mechanism, which as a result of movement starts to light up immediately. The hippocampus is particularly positively affected, which improves our emotions and helps us to feel happy. Endorphins can struggle to cross the blood/brain barrier but changes in brain fertilisers are clear, and this stimulates new brain cell growth and contributes to a reduction in inflammation as well.

Positive Changes Are Seen After Just 5-10 Minutes Of Movement

Benefiting from the positive effects of movement does not require a testing run or a big gym session. Positive changes in the brain are seen after just 5-10 minutes of exercise. Small amounts of movement are all that is needed to change your mental health.

In Japan, a study of healthy individuals in their 20s showed that doing just some light cycling equivalent to a gentle walk had a profound lighting up of the key processing areas in the brain. This shows that whatever exercise you do you can make an impact, even if it’s just a short walk or cycle.

Relieve Stress With Exercise

The central nervous system has a key role in managing stress, and exercise is able to tap into this and tackle stress at its source. Exercise has a real de-stressing component that is particularly effective at managing stress. Mind body movements that are associated with activities like Pilates or Yoga help with your breathing and posture. Meanwhile, rhythmic activities like a walk or run are equally as effective at settling the central nervous system, which will help to lower stress levels.

Reduce The Risk Of Mental Health Conditions

Movement is not just beneficial for the here and now; it can also help to reduce the risk of developing mental health conditions in the future. While it can’t prevent every condition from developing, it can significantly reduce the risk. Studies have shown that for two groups of people, one inactive and the other active, made up of people who are genetically predisposed to developing depression, the active group were less likely to develop depression in the future.

Alleviate Anxiety And Depression Symptoms

Adding exercise over and above usual care from a healthcare professional can reduce or improve your mental health symptoms. Exercises such as yoga, running and resistance training can significantly improve key symptoms.

If you are struggling to move often, sometimes the ideal statistics for required movement can be off-putting. It is worth remembering that just 10 minutes of movement today can make all the difference and lead to a meaningful improvement. Also, your movement doesn’t need to be high intensity training (HIT) it can be as little as a walk or some gentle stretching. Finding something that you enjoy and can do even when you are struggling is a great way to get started.

Our Physiotherapy Clinic In Lee On The Solent Can Help You Get Moving

Whether you have suffered an injury, are recovering from an operation, or are looking for an enjoyable exercise class to do alone with an instructor or in a friendly group, we can help. The DDB Physiotherapy team are ready to help you get moving with our range of helpful services. Everyone in our team is passionate about helping people get back on track and empowering people to do what they love. Our physiotherapists, osteopaths, holistic therapists, chiropodists and sports message therapists are ready to help you rediscover the joy of movement.

Why not get in touch with our friendly administration team on 02392 552266 to discuss your needs and we will help you to find a treatment/s that will help? Alternatively, if you know what you are looking for you can book an appointment online.

November 30, 2021

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