In collaboration with MyProtein, I’m delighted to publish this blog post in the hopes of increasing awareness of the wellbeing benefits of sport and exercise as we enter into World Mental Health Month.
As an advocate of bettering wellbeing and diversifying access to wellness opportunities and benefits, you can trust that this is a post you can trust.
As World Mental Health Month begins, I did my due diligence as the founder of wellness brand thy.self to dive deeper into the understandings of mental health, new research and ways to implement this concept into the lives of my community further, when I discovered that Myprotein recently released survey findings, highlighting the effects of sports and fitness on mental wellbeing – a research project highlighting that 99% of participants confirmed they feel that some form of exercise improves their mental health.
So does exercise actually improve mental well-being?
Previous studies found people managing 150 minutes of activity a week have 31% lower risk of depression, with findings from Myprotein providing further key insights including:
When our mental health suffers, what can we do to overcome anxiety, stresses and fears? We asked our customers how sports and fitness play a role in mental well-being and here’s what we found out:
99% said that sport or physical activity helped their mental well-being.
Almost a quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds claim football to be beneficial in aiding their mental well-being. This is twice as many as any other age group.
Only 3% of females consider football as a sport that aids mental health.
Of those participants MyProtein surveyed, over 89% advised that sports and fitness aided their mental well-being, and a further 10% said these activities helped sometimes. Respondents’ biggest motivators to take part in fitness activities were to feel more comfortable in their body, to improve mood, and to reduce stress. Conversely, the least selected motivations were to help overcome fears and to be more sociable.
MyProtein asked sport and exercise scientist, Jamie Wright, what the research says about improving your mental health by keeping active.
“Physical activity has been used as a therapeutic tool in alleviating poor mental health. Comprehensive meta-analyses have found a significant improvement in mental health following exercise introduction. In addition, the effect of exercise improving upon mental health scores appears to be even greater for those with more severe mental health conditions.
Now that we know how exercise can aid our overall mental health, what action can you take now to get active? Let me know in the comments below or on Instagram or Twitter.