The Importance of Physical Activity for Mental and Physical Resilience

Supporting your 'Life Wheel'

by Helen Shewry,

Many of us experienced some form of mental health struggle over the past year with uncertainty causing stress, anxiety and fear. We have worried about family members, financial matters, educating children as well as working and running businesses.

I started my business 'Mindful Personal Training' at the end of 2019 because I could already see huge benefits from building a strong mind-body connection. Little did I know what was ahead. I incorporate mindful elements, such as breathing techniques and body scans within my personal training sessions to help reduce stress, build a strong foundation and help people achieve their goals. Some symptoms of stress are:

  • Disturbed sleep

  • Weakened immune system

  • Headaches

  • Weight gain - especially around the middle due to high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone)

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure

  • Aches and pains

Small amounts of stress are expected. Our fight or flight response is there to keep us alive. However, staying in this state for prolonged periods is detrimental to our health. We need to return our bodies to our rest and recovery state to function optimally.

Physical activity can boost your mental health by increasing your mood and increasing your self-confidence. It can help with sleep and energy levels as well as helping deal with stress and negative emotions and aiding better coping mechanisms.

Participating in cardiovascular training (which elevates the heart rate) such as walking, running, martial arts and resistance training (such as body weight, bands or weights) can help you have better heart health. It can help with weight control, boost strength and stamina, increase bone density and muscle strength, reduce the risk of diseases and may prevent cognitive decline.

By making physical activity part your daily routine you can really enhance your physical and mental resilience and what’s not to like about that? Discover more and connect with me at:




Helen Shewry

Mindful Personal Training