WEEK 28 - Friday 29 April 2022
Welcome back, I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday.
I was fortunate enough to be able to get away for a few days with my wife, son and dog to Northumbria during the holiday, our first time visiting the area. The weather was kind and we managed to spend our days walking and playing on beaches that would not look out of place in Australasia.
As I stood on the beach it was impossible not to notice the large number of people using the beach for exercise and it got me thinking about not only the obvious physical benefits to exercise but also its benefits to mental health.
That feeling after a workout, red faced, breathless and desperate to lie down? But pleased with yourself for giving it a go, and strangely more energised and those troublesome problems might not seem quite so big as before.
Exercise stimulates positive endorphins, clears your head and lifts your mood.
The Department of Health published research in 2018 that showed that 12% of cases of depression could be prevented with one hour of exercise a week, and three hours of week could reduce the risk of depression by 30%.
Can exercise help you handle stress?
Absolutely, when we feel down everything can feel overwhelming. Looking after yourself in these times of stress becomes even more important and exercise could be the perfect medicine. Exercise is clinically proven to stimulate serotonin, your natural feel good factor.
Why is exercise such a mood booster?
Exercise is fantastic at releasing tension and reducing stress. Being active is one of the best things you can do to help build resilience. The feeling of accomplishment as well as noticeable improvements to your physical health will help boost your mood.
Which workout will make you happy?
If the thought of joining a gym or running through your local streets fills you with dread, remember anything is better than nothing. Start small, even a few minutes of low intensity exercise will release pain-relieving endorphins.
To build friendships try joining a sports team. Social connectivity is incredibly important, being with other people can help motivate you
- To calm the mind try yoga, pilates or t’ai chi. Exercises that work with your breathing is particularly good for improving mindfulness
- To release tension try boxing, HITT training or high intensity sessions that completely absorb your attention.
The capacity to deal with challenges and obstacles will improve as their resilience and mental toughness strengthens ensuring they are both physically and mentally ready for their next steps in life.
With the continued light nights and improving weather, I encourage you all to get out and enjoy the fresh air, get exercising and most importantly spend time together.
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Head of Year 11
Assistant Head of Year 11