May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, an initiative started by @mentalhealthfoundation to bring attention to and understand a multitude of mental health conditions and how to offer help to both ourselves and others when going through tough times.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be showing you how exercise can be a powerful tool for improving your mental health, combating loneliness and enhancing your overall wellbeing.

First off, here are the top 3 exercises for endorphin release:

Aerobic Exercise: Activities like running, swimming, or cycling are known to stimulate the release of endorphins, those feel-good chemicals in your brain. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise most days of the week to experience the mood-boosting benefits.

Strength Training: Pumping iron isn’t just about building muscle; it’s also great for your mental health. Lifting weights or doing bodyweight exercises like push-ups and squats can trigger the release of endorphins, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety.

Yoga: This ancient practice combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Certain yoga poses, such as backbends and inversions, can specifically stimulate endorphin release, leaving you feeling calm and content.

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