Using the gym to improve your mental health
Everyone is fighting their own battles that most of us are never even aware of. Sometimes you might feel like your head is going to explode because of everything going on in there and you’re not sure of where to start – but that’s where the gym comes in.
From the moment when you step into an Xercise4Less Gym, you will be greeted by our friendly staff who will make you feel welcome. You have the option of taking part in fitness classes to become part of our fitness community by meeting new people. You could do a solo workout; stick your headphones on and zone out to try forget about all the noise inside your head until you feel a bit better. Use gym sessions as a bit of escapism to distract yourself from the worries and stresses in your life.
Gyms are heavily focused on physical health and of course, Xercise4Less Gyms help to get you fitter, stronger and tone your body, but they can help you with your mental health too. Mental health is just as important as your physical health and even plays a bigger part into your general health and wellbeing and how you feel day-to-day.
Focus on your mental strength
Using the gym isn’t always about weight loss or muscle gain and as The People’s Gym, we understand that. If you suffer from an eating disorder and your weight is something that affects your mental health, the gym isn’t something you should avoid. The gym can actually help you to build up your mental strength.
After a hard day or week, take yourself down to your nearest Xercise4Less gym and see that as YOUR time. Make some time for you and make your mental health strength a priority. That’s your time to not worry about your weight and eating disorder but to be part of a friendly and inclusive community where your brain stops worrying and starts to think more positively. You can make your gym session as difficult as you like. You could do a 15- minute walk on the treadmill or a full hour using free weights; whatever it is that you enjoy doing and that will leave you feeling a bit happier and mentally stronger once your gym session is over. It’s proven that your body produces endorphins during exercise – endorphins trigger a positive feeling within the body and lift your mood especially once you’ve finished exercise. That’s something that we all could do with more of.
Work on your health and fitness journey
After a few gym visits, you’ll hopefully start to develop some kind of a gym routine. Again, this could look however you want to suit you. You may visit the gym every single or day or only 1-2 times a week. Whichever way, you’ll hopefully start to notice that the time that you’re spending in the gym makes you feel happier and makes you feel a bit mentally stronger. Once you start to build up more of this mental strength, you may feel more capable of dealing with the problems that are bothering you and at the centre of your mental health and eating disorder issues. This is a positive and may be the first step to you help.
Everyone that you see an Xercise4Less gym is on some kind of fitness journey. Just because you’re not in the gym to gain weight or lose weight in the first instance, doesn’t mean that you’re on an important journey and it’s important that you have the time to focus on that. It’s also important that you feel supported to make progress. At Xercise4Less Gyms you’ll find staff, instructors and personal trainers that can offer advice on how you can use your gym to suit you and your personal goals.
Whilst they won’t be able to advise you what to do regarding your eating disorder and your mental health, they can show you how you can use The People’s Gym to your advantage to suit your health and fitness journey. This may mean taking part in our gym classes and becoming part of a community which allows you to feel happier and included. It also presents an opportunity to meet new people who may share your problems. That may mean using the Ladies Only zone to spend some time focusing on yourself in a more intimate setting to allow you to build up some mental and physical confidence.
Join the Xercise4Less Gyms community
Take the first steps towards become mentally stronger by using Xercise4Less Gyms. We are proud of our friendly staff and inclusive community in our gyms and welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences to join us. Whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer, join the Xercise4Less community today and take those all important first steps onto your health and fitness journey.
Our members find everything they need to reach their personal goals in regard to health and fitness from our friendly staff to dedicated Ladies Only gym zone, special Spin studio or group fitness classes including Les Mills workouts and also toning and conditioning.