Exercise on Prescription

A big dose of exercise and a hearty dollop of commitment; is this one of the best medicines for mental illness?

Doctors have been prescribing exercise, as well as medical treatment, in a bid to boost mental wellbeing and increase activity levels.

These exercise on referral schemes follow the mantra of ‘happy heart, happy body, happy mind.’

There are concerns that too many people are not active enough, which impacts on their physical and mental health.

Exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good and can have a positive impact on your mental health.

Evidence shows that people who do regular exercise have up to a 30% lower risk of depression. Exercise on prescription aims to make it easier for people to follow their doctors’ advice about taking more exercise or losing weight.

The scheme involves being referred to a local active health team for a number of sessions with a qualified trainer.

Exercise isn’t just beneficial to the body, it can be used to treat depression and boost brain power.

Some of the benefits of exercising your mind and body are:

  • less tension, stress and mental fatigue
  • improved sleep
  • a sense of achievement
  • focus in life and motivation
  • less anger and frustration

Easier said than done? When you have anxiety or depression, it can be difficult to motivate yourself, but once you take the first step you may never look back!

by Natasha Bolton, Marketing and Events Intern



1 Comment so far

  1. Pete Baldwin on September 30, 2013 9:01 pm

    Great piece Natasha. No matter how small amount of exercise, you can’t deny it’s importance.


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