It’s that time of year again when people are frantically finding ways to tick off their yearly resolution of keeping themselves fit. But it’s also important to keep your mind healthy, and exercise does just this.
With the top resolution being to “lose weight/eat healthy”, according to statisticbrain.com, it seems odd that the average UK adult hasn’t tried a new hobby in five years, despite 80% feeling positive effects on their wellbeing when they do. As adults get older, motivation to try a new activity decreases, with a common factor of this being a lack of fitness. However, even picking up an old hobby we used to enjoy has beneficial effects, as adults said they felt proud and confident of themselves when they do.
Many know that exercise releases endorphins, otherwise known as ‘happy hormones’, which reduces stress and triggers positive feelings. But there are even more added benefits to learning a new sport to mental wellbeing. A transformational coach, Robert Hutchinson, said: “New experiences are a fundamental requirement for mental growth, and the brain loves stimulation. It’s like a muscle that needs to be exercised”.
So if you need a new hobby for your new year's resolution, check out local sports groups, such as Parklife for Brighton University and Active Hastings, and make 2017 a happy healthy you.