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SALLY STRENGF ON EXERCISE & MENTAL HEALTH

11.10.18 Learn Blog SumoSalad

We asked Sydney based exercise scientist and trainer Sally Strengf for her thoughts on how exercise can help with mental wellbeing and she made us a video!  Watch and find out how exercise affects your mental health and her top tips for getting active.

You can find out more about Sally by visiting her website, or following her on Instagram or Facebook. She’s asked us to tell you to hit like on her socials and send her a message about your fitness journey and if you mention code word SUMO SALAD then she’ll take you through a ME Consult for free! Thanks Sally!

Video Transcript

Mental Health is a state of well being according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)

Here I discuss how exercise affects your mental health and a few easy steps to make sure you incorporate exercise into your everyday life.

Benefits of exercise on your mental health are:
1. Improves learning
2. Reduces brain fog aka 3pm crash (Sally’s second coffee)
3. Reduces sensitivity to stress and anxiety (The exercisthe effect- high intensity mimics a panic attack)
4. Improves memory
5. Encourages the release of endorphins (They are peptides which activate the body’s opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect – english? They make you feel good)

Sally’s Uber Tips To Maxmise Your Fitness

1. Keep it simple increase your non activity exercise thermogenesis (NEAT). Your NEAT is This is the energy we expend each day for everything that is not sleeping, eating, or sports-like activities. We are specifically talking about the non-exercise activities that we would normally perform on a daily basis. So this means, just add that extra walk to the shops instead of driving.
2. Squat time at work, put a timer on to encourage your team to not only get up but squat ten times every 20 minutes
3. Ask for help from the right Personal Trainer so you can maximise your time at the gym (investing in a trainer that listens to your needs is so beneficial and will get you closer to your goal than walking aimlessly at the gym and not getting results)
4. Progressive overload, the body is super smart and it wants to pick the easiest way so make sure you constantly challenge yourself
5. Have fun, do an activity that you really enjoy doing and find a community that will inspire you.

References
https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/what-is-mental-health

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664787/

http://cp.neurology.org/content/8/3/257

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