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How Exercise Can Help Your Mental Health

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With this week being National Workouts and Wellbeing Week, we here at Maximuscle want to look at the importance of exercise to an individual’s mental health. 

National Workouts and Wellbeing Week, in association with the mental health charity Mind, aims to raise awareness of mental health and improve wellbeing through exercise and mindfulness. There have been countless studies into the benefits exercise has towards mental health. 

Studies have shown that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression just as effectively as antidepressant medication. In addition to relieving symptom, research has also shown that maintaining an active lifestyle can prevent a relapse. 

You may now be asking why exercise is such a powerful tool in aiding with mental health. There are multiple reasons, but the main benefit is down to the changes within the brain, these include neural growth, reduced inflammation and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. Not to mention the extra endorphins that are released into your brain. 

If you’re looking to get back in the gym this week, we have countless training plans that could help you achieve your goals. Why not give our five day strength & power training plan a go and see how much better you feel by the end of the week:

Day 1

Exercise Reps Sets

  • Warm-up: Rower 2 - 5 mins 1 
  • Push Press 4 to 8 4 
  • Bench Press 4 to 8 4 
  • Overhead Press 4 to 8 4 
  • Incline Dumbbell Press 4 to 8 4 
  • Plyometric press-ups (clap press-ups) To failure 4

Day 2

Exercise Reps Sets 

  • Warm-up: Rower 2 - 5 mins 1 
  • Plyometric Box Jumps 4 to 8 4 
  • Squats 4 to 8 4 
  • Glute Bridge on Bench 4 to 8 4 
  • Dead Lift 4 to 8 4 
  • Overhead Press 4 to 8 4 
  • Single Leg Press To failure 3 per leg

Day 3

Exercise Reps Sets 

  • Warm-up: Rower 2 - 5 mins 1 
  • Power Cleans 4 to 8 4 
  • Pull-ups 4 to 8 4 
  • Seated Row 4 to 8 4 
  • Upright Row 4 to 8 4 
  • Medicine Ball Slams 30 secs 4

Day 4

Exercise Reps Sets 

  • Warm-up: Rower 2 - 5 mins 1 
  • Sled Drags 4 to 8 4 
  • Front Squats 4 to 8 4 
  • Split Squats 4 to 8 3 
  • Straight Leg Deadlift 4 to 8 3 
  • Farmers Walk 25-30 metres 4

Day 5

Exercise Reps Sets 

  • Warm-up: Rower 2 - 5 mins 1 
  • High Intensity Interval Training HIIT - Running Machine 30 sec sprint, 30 sec rest 5 to 10
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