USG shines a light on mental health and physical activity with new challenge for LAMP

Team USG has taken on another challenge to raise money for LAMP, Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project.

Last November we completed a Lockdown Miles Challenge clocking up a fantastic 1,072.59 miles in four weeks, raising £ for LAMP.

Staff have now taken on the charity’s ‘Around the World 5km Challenge’ which sees those taking part complete a total of 5km a day during Mental Health Week (10th – 16th May 2021).

Matt Barton, Operations Officer at LAMP, said: “I’d like to thank the Unsworth Sugden team for their continued support, we are a small charity so really appreciate being selected for both fundraising events.”

As Covid-19 has created a mental health emergency, we’re making an effort to support LAMP and take part in an activity proven to enhance wellbeing and our PR Account Executive Alice Warner has outlined the following benefits:

What impact does physical activity have on wellbeing?

Impact on mood
Physical activity has been shown to have a positive impact on mood. A study found that participants rating their mood felt more content, more awake and calmer after being physically active compared to periods of inactivity .

Matt added: “Exercise decreases your stress hormones and increases happy feel-good chemicals to your body, known as endorphins. It’s perfect to lift your mood and give your mood a boost.”

Overall, research has found that low-intensity aerobic exercise – for 30–35 minutes, three to five days a week, for 10–12 weeks – was best at increasing positive moods (e.g., enthusiasm, alertness).

Impact on stress
A recent survey published by the Mental Health Foundation found that 59% of British adults felt their life was more stressful than it was five years ago.

Physical exercise can be very effective in relieving stress, research on employed adults found that highly active individuals tend to have lower stress levels compared to those who are less active.

Impact on self esteem
Self esteem is how we feel about ourselves and how we perceive our self-worth, it is a key indicator of mental wellbeing. Physical activity has been shown to have a positive influence on our self-esteem and self-worth. This relationship has been found in children, adolescents, young adults, adults and older people, and across both males and females.

Impact on depression and anxiety
Regular exercise can boost mood if you have depression or anxiety with 37% of GPs believing that exercise is an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression.

Exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, may help to combat anxiety and release tension. It encourages the brain to release serotonin which can improve your mood.