How exercise benefits our Mental Health

I recently came across this great blog called When Women Inspire – written by Christy Birmingham, a Canadian writer, blogger and author. She asks “Are you looking for inspiration? Hope? Do you want to learn about how women are changing the world every single day? Then you’ve come to the right place.

When Women Inspire is dedicated to showcasing the efforts of women around the world to change the world in positive ways. These are women making social, economic, literary, political or educational waves – in a great way.

As I write about all things mental health, I found one of Christy’s posts particularly interesting. Rather than me trying to re-invent the wheel, writing about the Benefits of exercise on your mental health, I’m delighted that Christy’s allowed me to re-blog her post here:

Results of studies continue to support a growing literature suggesting that exercise, physical activity and physical-activity interventions have beneficial effects across several physical and mental health outcomes. Generally, participants engaging in regular physical activity display more desirable health outcomes across a variety of physical conditions. Similarly, participants in randomized clinical trials of physical-activity interventions show better health outcomes, including better general and health-related quality of life, better functional capacity and better mood states.

The benefits of exercise are very well known. It can help you get fitter and have a healthier body, but what effect can it have on your mind and mental health?

Drop by Christy’s blog for all things health, fitness, family together with lots of other inspiring and interesting posts.


Mum to two amazing sons. Following recovery from a lengthy psychotic episode, depression, anxiety and anorexia, I decided to train as a Mental Health Nurse and worked successfully in various settings before becoming a Ward Manager. I am a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and a Mental Health Awareness Trainer, Mental Health First Aid Youth and Mental Health Armed Forces Instructor. Just started my mental health from the other side blog.

9 thoughts on “How exercise benefits our Mental Health”

  1. I’m feeling good enough some days to go out for a walk! How far I’ve come from being able to walk 1 street last year. Moving can be so fun, I hope I’ll dare to go back to yoga next year but I’m so afraid that I will not be able to do it.

      1. Forcing things is not good, better to enjoy what you can. The fatigue though, it’s so unpredictable and yet it feels like it is in charge of what I think and do. I think that everything happens for a reason when it hits me, I have no other comforting thought 🙂

  2. I hope you inspire somebody to maybe think about their own mental health, whether that be starting a blog post, or whatever. I hope I inspire other stroke survivors who come across my writing, to believe that life doesn’t have to be over. I hope we’re all inspirational in some way.
    I used to exercise a lot and it required focusing and concentration to get better. It is not just a physical thing, it exercises your brain too. So it is no surprise, what the studies say.

    1. Thank you as always. If we can all inspire just a handful of people, who then go on to inspire others…….. wow! Yes, I hope I’ve inspired someone along the way 🙂 I know you’ve inspired me and I’ve passed on some of your posts to my mum. My dad had a stroke a few years ago and I cut and paste bits for her to read – so she can understand some of the changes in my dad. So thank you 🙂

      1. A lot of it with me is just that I’m more sedentary. I *do* a lot less, but I *think* a lot more, so something like WordPress is an ideal platform for me to muse. I mean, I was critical of a lot of stuff afterwards, but in particular there was nothing there for my wife, so I understand about support for partners. If you can get your mum using Facebook, there is peer support up there in certain groups – survivors and partners.

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