Author: Steve Williams

How Can Physical Activity Help My Mental Health?

Exercise has so many benefits for mental health and can have a very
positive impact on the body and the mind.

Physical activity is all about moving our bodies more and sitting
less. It doesn’t mean you have to go to a gym or start running as
there are many ways to move your body including walking and working
out at home.

We all know exercise is good for our bodies but it can also help us
maintain good mental health either on its own, or in combination with
other treatments.

There are many benefits for the mind when we engage in regular
physical activity including:

1. Better sleep  – feeling tired towards bedtime and better sleep quality

2. Happier mood – boosting the mind with feel-good hormones that give
you a lift and more energy

3. Effective management of stress and/or anxiety –  the body releases
hormones during exercise to help us combat stress. Physical activity
also helps us focus, provides distraction and can be a positive coping
strategy against stress and/or anxiety.

4. Better self-esteem– being more active can improve how you feel
about yourself and meet your goals

5. Lower risk of depression–regular exercise can reduce the risk of
developing depression and can play a huge role in recovering from it.

6.Positive social connections– group or team activities give you more
connections to like-minded people, and create new friends

At Motivate Bootcamp, we encourage all forms of physical activity and
cater for all abilities.

You can join us for a weekend at various locations for a Ladies
Fitness retreat, looking after your mind and body. Join us for a range
of exercise classes, relax in the spa and make new friends.

https://www.motivatebootcamp.co.uk/uk-bootcamps/2-day-bootcamp/

Fans of walking might enjoy a long weekend away of walking in some of
the UK’s beautiful hills. You could even invite your family or friends
along for our Walking Bootcamp too.

https://www.motivatebootcamp.co.uk/uk-bootcamps/3-day-bootcamp/

Or if you’re looking for an extended break to invest in yourself and
your health, we’d love to see you at one of our stunning villas in
Portugal. These Ladies only Bootcamps are ideal for a full week of
fitness, fun and feel good vibes.

https://www.motivatebootcamp.co.uk/portugal-bootcamp/

‘It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind
in vigor’  Marcus Tullius Cicero

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STAYING MOTIVATED! TOP TIPS TO STOP YOU GIVING UP!

We all know how difficult it can be at times to feel motivated to workout, especially after a few long days at work or when the cold dark days are setting in. DON’T WORRY! Motivate Bootcamp are here to help with some top tips to stay motivated all of the time!

 

  • At the end of each week try and set aside half an hour to write a fitness schedule for the following week. Try and book in your classes or just plan out what workouts you will be doing and when. By doing this you are more likely to stick to the plan and will feel a sense of accomplishment when you have completed the exercises! This will eventually just become part of your normal routine! Check out our typical schedule for UK Bootcamps & Portugal
  • Set Goals! This is so important for your motivation! Whether you are looking to drop a dress size, lose inches or fit into an old pair of jeans setting goals will help keep you on track! Why not reward yourself when you have completed the goal by buying some new clothes to show off all of your hard work? Don’t forget to set a new goal to work towards!
  • Make sure you keep a record of your achievements! Take photos and measurements every three to four weeks. This will help you to see your progression and keep you motivated to carry on! This is something that we do on our 7 night Portugal fitness camps, its a great feeling when you start to see results
  • It doesn’t matter if you go to the gym or workout at home. The key to not getting bored is variety! Why not try a new class? Or look up a new exercise to try at home? This will help keep your mind focused and you might find something you really enjoy! Then it won’t feel like a chore- Bonus! You could also sign up for a run, a triathlon or even a bootcamp. (that last one sounds like a great idea!) This will help keep you fully focused and help you achieve your goals! if you are looking for tips on new classes then we have a great variety on our Weekend Fitness Boot Camps, come along and give it a try!
  • Try working out with friends! Not only will you be getting fit but you can also have a catch up! There has been research into this and it has shown that working out with a friend can push you harder than if you worked out alone! Nothing like a bit of healthy competition to see who can complete the most burpees in a minute! You can even do an online workout together, using Facetime or a app like Zoom
  • This point is so important! Remember how good you feel after a workout! No one has ever completed a workout and regretted it! Your body and mind feel fantastic after a workout right? Next time you are struggling to get out of bed for that morning class just try and think of how good you will feel for the rest of the day!

 

Hopefully these tips have helped you to get motivated when it comes to exercise! What are you waiting for?

 

If you would like more motivation then join one of our fitness retreats. They range from 2 day fitness and wellbeing events to 7 night Weight Loss retreats in Portugal. For more information please CLICK HERE