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5 Best Workouts for Improving Your Mental Health

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Many of us focus primarily on the physical results because they’re the ones we can see, but the benefits of exercise for your mental health are well-documented. While any type of regular physical activity can improve your mood, energy levels, and overall mental well-being, there are certain exercises that do wonders for your serotonin.

1. Yoga

Yoga combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to enhance mental and physical wellness. Research has shown yoga is an effective mental health treatment for everything from everyday stress to PTSD.

Yoga reduces stress hormones like cortisol and increases the production of endorphins (your body’s natural mood elevators). Engaging in yoga even once or twice a week can improve concentration, decrease anxiety, and foster an overall sense of well-being and calmness within.

2. Running (or brisk walking)

Aerobic exercises can ease symptoms of depression and anxiety by releasing endorphins. And the great thing about running is that anyone can do it. You don’t need any fancy equipment (or even a gym membership). You can either invest in a treadmill or run outside, making 20–30 minutes of exercise easy to integrate into your daily routine.

If running is too tough on your legs, brisk walking is another great exercise. Walking on an incline is especially beneficial, as it can raise your heart rate and help you burn even more calories. It’s one of the best low-impact ways to focus on weight loss and your mental health simultaneously.

3. Strength training

Weight lifting and other strength training exercises do more than just improve physical strength, body composition, and bone density. They’re perfect for blowing off some steam after a long day, too. And they’re perfect for anyone struggling with self-esteem issues or depression.

If you’re new to weight lifting, it’s best to work with a personal trainer from an organisation like Pledge To Fitness. They’ll teach you the right techniques and introduce you to exercises that get you the best results.

4. Dancing

Dancing is one of the most fun and exciting ways to get active. There’s no better way to relieve tension and stress than getting out of your comfort zone and expressing yourself. Whether it’s salsa, hip-hop, or Zumba, there’s a dance style for everyone. 

Among several other benefits of dancing, it can improve your body image and self-esteem. And if you enrol in weekly classes, it’s a great way to socialise, connect with others, and make new friends.

5. Tai chi

This gentle form of martial art is known for its slow, deliberate movements and deep breathing techniques. Tai Chi helps reduce stress and anxiety while also improving your balance and flexibility. Its meditative movements make it an ideal choice for those who want to reduce their stress levels while enhancing their mental clarity and emotional stability. 


Whether it’s something as technical as yoga or as spontaneous as dancing, incorporating regular physical activity into your life in an exciting way is a significant aspect of improving your mental health. Remember, the most important thing is to find something you enjoy doing, so try a few different options until one of them sticks.

Ellen Diamond, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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