We all know that exercise is good for the body, but growing evidence suggests it can be just as good for the mind.
As well as getting the heart and lungs pumping, physical activity can:
- combat negative emotions;
- improve sleep;
- reduce anxiety;
- improve self-esteem, body image and confidence;
- boost energy;
- change outlook and create a general sense of mental wellbeing.
Physical activity sessions have been shown to help progress individuals towards independent living. People have re-engaged with their community and regained their confidence and self-worth.
Crucially for those troubled by mental health problems, exercise can also be a social outlet, minimising the common feeling of social isolation.
Relevant Case Studies:
To see how Llamau Ltd, a young people's charity in the Vale of Glamorgan, reaped the rewards that physical activity offers its straff and service users, click here.
SCW Voluntary Sector Corporate presentation:
If you’re keen to get something moving in your organisation or community, why not take a look at this presentation and see some of the projects the Sports Council for Wales has supported so far (please note there be a time delay for the document to upload):