Edinburgh Leisure has launched a new film focusing on the benefits of getting active to improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Produced by Edinburgh based Heehaw, a film, video and animation company, the film shares ‘real-life’ stories where people’s mental health difficulties have been improved through physical activity.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue each year. We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health – it’s equally important to know how to look after it, and how to ask for help if we need it.
Please watch and share our short film. I hope it encourages more people, who may find themselves in similar situations as the people in the film, to seek out physical activity to protect and improve their mental health.
Click here to watch the short film – https://vimeo.com/342684162
The Power of Physical Activity
Physical Activity has been proven to decrease stress hormones, like cortisol, along with increasing endorphins, the body’s natural feel good chemicals. When endorphins are released through physical activity, they help to naturally boost your mood. As well as endorphins, physical activity helps release adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine – all of which combine to make you feel naturally good.
Alongside this, being physically active gives you the chance to meet new people. You can build strong relationships which help you feel happier, more secure and included in your community. Most importantly, though, you can improve your ability to maintain good mental wellbeing.