Mental Health, The Brain & Exercise

Many studies have shown that exercise can have a significant impact on mood, productivity, focus, memory and energy levels which means that you can be more productive and motivated at work and more focused and have improved learning whilst at school. Many health professionals will ‘prescribe’ exercise to those suffering from mental health conditions such as mild depression as it can help to boost serotonin; the happy hormones in your brain. Imagine a school where pupils were ready and fit to learn and the behaviour was improved, or an organisation where staff were healthier, energised and much happier. Just short bursts of exercise can have these significant impacts on our brains, our mood and on our ability to perform.

Exercise in shools can help children pay attention in the classroom:

As well as being important in tackling obesity and promoting a healthy lifestyle, exercise can help with learning. “It also raises the question of how much the often-reported decline in children’s attention span in modern day life stems from a lack of physical exercise.” Read the full article here:

Exercise and Workplace Performance: MIND

Did you know that exercise can boost workplace performance? Read the full article from MIND here:

Fit for learning: what research says about the benefits of sport – The Guardian

Getting students active helps to tackle obesity – but it can also improve achievement and behaviour. Read the full article here:

The brain-changing benefits of exercise – Wendy Suzuki: TED Talks

How to look after your mental health using exercise:

Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. Even a short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Read the full article here: