There’s always a good reason to hit the gym. Not only we’re working towards a better body but also towards a healthier mind. Studies have shown that exercise improves mental health. We all know about the benefits of exercise – increased muscle tone, cardiovascular health, reduced risk of diabetes and other health conditions. But that’s not all!

Exercise is not only about the gym. Body movement done in ways you enjoy will always boost your mood. You can incorporate mental wellness into a physical routine by taking up yoga or pilates, simply walking or dancing but any kind of physical exercise is good for your mind.

We’ve said it a million times before, but it’s so important to eat well. Some really important mood boosting nutrients are iron, magnesium, and omega 3. You can get these from green leafy vegetables and meat, almonds and cashews, and oily fish. We know life can get hectic at times, but make sure you’re eating balanced meals at regular times. You’d be amazed at how much of a difference it can make.

To really get the most out of your workouts and gym membership, why not get a personal trainer? They’ll help keep you motivated during the winter months and will show you the most efficient way to work out. What’s more, they will provide you with safe and effective workouts preventing you from injuring yourself or over-doing it and burning out your motivation. Being experts in nutrition and exercise, you can rest assure a good personal trainer will design a personalised plan that will suit your lifestyle.

A proper exercise regime will also help you sleep at night. Lack of sleep is one of the most commonly reported symptoms of low mood and one of the most common contributors to the same. If you struggle with your sleep try exercise, regular bedtimes, turning off electronics at least an hour before bedtime, turning down the central heating, and buying a new mattress.

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