Lift weights, lift your mind

By Fiona Johnson

We all know that being physically active is good for our bodies. But did you know that physical health and mental health are closely linked, exercising and staying active will help your general well-being and in turn your mental health. It can also reduce your risk of depression, ease tension and stress and may help you sleep better.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists agrees. “Exercise seems to have an effect on certain chemicals in the brain, so they affect your mood and thinking. Exercise can stimulate other chemicals in the brain called “brain derived neurotrophic factors,” they found. “These help new brain cells to grow and develop. Exercise also seems to reduce harmful changes in the brain caused by stress.”

The mental health charity Mind agrees and goes on to say that “lots of us don’t get enough exercise to stay healthy, but physical activity is particularly important if you have a mental health problem which can also be effected by poor diet or being overweight.”

It is with this in mind that fitness and lifestyle coach Sara Southey of The Southey Way will be raising money for the charity Mind and bringing her #LiftYourMind campaign to the West as part of a UK-wide roadshow.

“Even a small change in physical activity can boost your morale, give you a sense of achievement and help you to feel better in yourself,” she said.

The Southey Way is a health and fitness programme, helping people build a stronger body and mind to give them belief in their ability helping them to take on life’s challenges and live life to the full. The Southey Way 12-week introductory exercise programme provides you with all the training, support, guidance and motivation to reset and energise your life.

To find out more visit or follow #LiftYourMind on Facebook and Twitter



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