Everyone knows that regular exercise is good for the body. But exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better.
In this month's edition Joe O Brien investigates the science behind exercise and mental wellbeing and how best to implement it in your life.
We will also offer some simple tips for those who may be struggling with motivation to get exercising more.
Joe is an Assistant Psychologist on the Mental Health & Wellness Team. He has an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Bath, and a BSc in Psychology from Dublin City University. Joe has a background in clinical mental health, with experience in the UK and Ireland. He is hugely passionate about physical and mental health promotion, and believes they go hand in hand. Joe has a specific interest in the psychology of habit change, workplace health, nutritional psychology and the link between mental and physical health conditions. In his personal life, he is an All-Ireland winner with Lansdowne Rugby club, and is a passionate musician.