When we are stressed, feeling low or anxious, exercise often seems like the last thing we want to do but a good dose of exercise not only changes your body, it also changes your mind, your attitude and mood.

Facts
1. One in four people will experience a mental health condition of some sort in their lifetime.
2. Inactive people most often have a poor state of mental and physical health.
3. Major modifiable risk factors for such as poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco and alcohol use, are exacerbated by poor mental health thereby leading to non communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiac diseases etc.
4. Exercise is an Evidence Based Treatment for Depression.
5. Exercise releases chemicals such as endorphins, serotonin and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being. If you exercise regularly, it can reduce your stress and symptoms of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.

Regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by:
1. Releasing feel-good endorphins
2. Taking your mind off worries
3. Gain confidence. Meeting exercise goals or challenges
4. Get more social interaction.
5. Cope in a healthy way.

When you reach out to your health practitioner ensure they,
1. Listen to you and understand what matters to you.
2. Ensure targets are realistic and achievable.
3. Develop a programme that is tailored to your needs.
4. Keep you motivated and adapt the programme as you progress.

Check with your physiotherapist before starting a new exercise program to make sure it's safe for you. Talk to them to find out which activities, how much exercise and what intensity level is OK for you. And remember the happiness is a state of physical, mental and spiritual well being.