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    If by exercise you mean rewriting sh*t over and over again to memorise then hell yeah. Also ya'll should try green tea or oolong tea. I fu*ks with the alishan oolong tea as of now but I can still go for green tea. Still waitin to muster up courage to try the lishan variety.
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    Some really great replies here, keep them coming!

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    If by exercise you mean rewriting sh*t over and over again to memorise then hell yeah. Also ya'll should try green tea or oolong tea. I fu*ks with the alishan oolong tea as of now but I can still go for green tea. Still waitin to muster up courage to try the lishan variety.
    Those are decent enough things, exercise is good too though. Even just wandering round outside for ten minutes eating your lunch, getting off the bus one stop early, stuff like that. It doesn't need to be massive to make a difference!
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    Honestly exercise as such has never really helped my mental health. I have found that getting out a bit every now and again is quite helpful in keeping me sane though. Not quite exercise, but it does involve a bit of being active and sine fresh air which is good for refreshing the system.
    I've also found that walks can be good for clearing a messy head for a while and that sometimes physical activity can be great for socialising.
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    Going to the gym gets me out the flat. Something I often struggle to do well not mentally well.
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    (Original post by Noodlzzz)
    Going to the gym gets me out the flat. Something I often struggle to do well not mentally well.
    Getting out the house is always a good thing do you think it helps at all in other ways once you're there, or just with that?
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    Getting out the house is always a good thing do you think it helps at all in other ways once you're there, or just with that?
    I'm working myself up to interact with some of the people I see there, but not ready yet
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    (Original post by furryface12)
    Exercise is something everyone means to do and few of us regularly get round to, or as much as we should do anyway. The physical health benefits are obvious, but we'd like to know how it's helped your mental health too. It could be that you feel it helps keep you mentally healthy, or maybe it makes you feel a bit better when you're feeling down. It could be that you know someone else that it really helps but haven't tried yet yourself. Whatever your experiences, share them below!

    How has exercise helped your mental health? If you haven't tried would you like to? What do you think you would do, and how could it help? From those that do exercise regularly, any advice to those looking to start?

    Over the next few months TSR will be teaming up with Sports Relief and sharing some of the ways sport can help you. There will be threads, challenges and maybe even a competition or two. Watch this space!

    Check out the other GOLDEN THREADS here >>
    Its a good way of stress reliving. Go for a cycle and you can have a nice think about something. But because you're cycling you can't spend too much energy on the thinking bit. Helps get it out of my system without upsetting me too much
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    i dont exercise but i know that it's good for mental health
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    After exercising, I feel much more focussed on what I’m doing. It relaxes me too and lifts my mood especially when I’m feeling low.
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    (Original post by bluemuffin)
    After exercising, I feel much more focussed on what I’m doing. It relaxes me too and lifts my mood especially when I’m feeling low.
    I love the rush I get from exercising. It really lifts my mood too
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    I played football at quite a high level for some time, have always loved training, playing regularly as well as doing martial arts and cycling. However things never got quite right again since falling ill with glandular fever many years ago. After 6 months out of sports, I slowly built up my activity levels but something was never right. After a few years I was diagnosed with m.e, likely brought on by the glandular fever.
    Anyway after another year of trying to push though and constantly becoming frustrated with not being able to maintain the active lifestyle I once had, I gave in and became stuck in a viscous circle of doing nothing, remaining tired and being down about it all.
    I was always told when I feel well to try graded exercise, the difficulty was that I never felt well to start it.
    In January I decided as a New Years resolution I would bite the bullet and start cycling to work. It’s only a 6 mile round trip, 3-4 times a week, however I get to work feeling far more refreshed than when driving, less stressed, a little more like my old self and funnily enough I have more energy than before. (Minus the odd bad day)
    Turns out any exercise it better than nothing. For years I believed if I couldn’t give my all in football then it’s not worth it.
    If you’re considering trying anything, no matter how small then just do it, one day at a time.
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    Doing a bit of rowing on the rowing machines have helped to relieve uni stress, using your whole body really takes your mind off of everything else. Then you also feel like you've achieved something after 10 or minutes of it.
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    When I was younger I was involved in a lot of sports teams, but as I've got older this is something I haven't kept up. I've personally found it's somewhat harder to commit the time to being part of any kind of sports team once you're in full time work. I'm also a lot more conscious and nervous as a person than I was when I was younger, so this has been holding me back. However, I've been looking in to some clubs in my local area as I miss both the physical aspect and the friendships you make through teams.

    I've always loved skating, and there's nothing I love more than taking a long skate along the seafront. Also, when I compete in skate competitions I find the practice and determination needed to prepare would be really beneficial for my mental health as it would give me a chance to escape whatever was negatively impacting me and give me something else to focus on.

    I've recently been going to the gym a lot, but I'm not sure it's for me. I love exercise, but I definitely prefer to do it outside! I feel a bit too trapped in the gym, so I can't wait to be able to go on some long skates and bike rides! :excited:
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    Taking part in exercise makes you feel more happier as you are able to feel more relaxed and calm. For example walking in the fresh air helps your concentration as you are able to focus on your body more and understand the way it works. Being fit mostly benefits your mental state on how you see yourself such as; self-image and self-esteem. Having low self-esteem can trigger depression which is related to the mind. Before, for me, taking part in any form of exercise was a struggle until I learnt that mentally there were positive effects taking place. I was able to learn more, I was always happy, I became mentally stable (not that I wasn't before lol) and everything was just more clear to me.
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    I love going to the gym. I go up to 5 times a week, and it's honestly amazing for my mental health. Sure, yeah, probably not the best thing to do when hearing things is a kettlebell class, but I am not normal :lol:
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    I find running, especially in the early morning, is just so peaceful. Nothing but you and nature. I used to love cycling in the summer too, it really takes your mind off anything else going on in your life.
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    It distracts you from your thoughts so you can focus on yourself.
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    Cooling down puts me in a good mood
 
 
 
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