We at Kossie often tout exercise and moving our bodies as a great way to shake off the day, to reset and to minimise anxiety and low-mood. Getting to the gym or taking a stroll around the park can change your perspective on something, by just giving you that little bit of head space. Additionally, we are constantly hearing about the amazing endorphins your body releases when you’ve done an incredible workout. We all know the importance of keeping our bodies nourished and whether you love a 6am spin class, or prefer a gentle yoga stretch (or both!), exercise is generally a good thing for everyone. But what about when exercise induces anxiety? How do you know if you’re getting the right amount and could you be getting too much, or too little? It may surprise you to hear this, but your huge fitness kick could be affecting your mental health.  

More Exercise Is Good, Right?

Matt, 27 said: “Exercise completely changed my mental health. For a while my depression and anxiety led me to barely getting out of bed, but once I started working on my diet and subsequently exercise, I began to feel way more comfortable and confident in my own skin then I ever had.” Surely then, upping your routine is a good thing - it stands to reason that more and more exercise equals more endorphins and a better physique? Perhaps not. Health Coach Bernadette Dancy explains: “There is no doubt that exercise improves our mood and mental health. Research has proven that exercising can have a significant and profound effect on our mental health meaning we’re less likely to experience mental illness and less intense symptoms if we do. This is great news and has rightly led to great support for exercise from both the fitness industry AND the medical community. However, we have to remember, we are all individuals, EXERCISE isn’t necessarily the silver bullet solution that appears to fix all problems. Context is key.”

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