Movement And Mental Health Impact Report Published

Research conducted by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF)shows moving more is great for our mental health and can increase our energy, reduce stress and anxiety, and boost our self-esteem.

image: MHF Moverment Report 2024 - click to downloadBut so many of us struggle to move enough. This is more difficult when we consider the accessibility of anyone with a long-term health condition or people living in areas of socio-economic deprivation.

The report was delivered to Westminster in an attempt to present the research findings about the barriers that exist, making those suffering mental health problems from taking regular exercise despite it being beneficial to our mental health.

"The evidence of the benefits of movement to both physical and mental health is well documented. Our research showed that 82% of people believe that regular physical activity is important for mental health and wellbeing. However, over a third of UK adults do not meet the recommendations set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In our new report, we explore what’s stopping the UK population from being more active, and what could help get people moving more for their mental health." states the MHF on their website containing major points from the report.

Some facts are also highlighted about mental health and the benefits of regular exercise:

Our bodies and our minds are connected, so looking after ourselves physically also helps us prevent problems with our mental health. Exercise releases “feel good” hormones, that reduce feelings of stress and anger. It also helps us feel better about our bodies. It can improve our sleep too. If it involves other people, like being part of a team, a class or group we see regularly, that can also boost our mental health.

The mental health and wellbeing benefits of moving more include:

  • less tension, stress, and mental fatigue
  • a natural energy boost
  • a sense of achievement
  • more focus and motivation
  • feeling less angry or frustrated
  • having fun
  • an opportunity to connect with others

The report has also been broken down into key points specific to the nations within the United Kingdom, as can be viewed and/or downloaded by clicking on the relevant image below.

For the FULL report, click on the image top right.

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