We’re more connected than ever before, thanks to modern technology. But failing to switch off – our phones, tablets and minds – can have a detrimental effect on our wellbeing.

Luckily, there’s a relatively simple fix! Working to improve our physical health – through regular exercise, a healthy diet and sufficient sleep – can keep us feeling strong, calm, focused and more resilient.

The recommendation for individuals is at least 30 minutes of moderate to intensive physical activity on most days of the week. It doesn’t have to be a spin class; try walking or cycling to school instead of asking your parents for a lift.

Why exercise?

There are hundreds of good reasons why it’s worthwhile to be active. While you may have heard stacks of them, some of the lesser-known reasons are:

  • It charges you up. Thirty minutes or more of vigorous exercise releases endorphins (the good stuff) in the brain, giving you energy, vitality and an intense natural high.
  • It helps your positivity. Studies show that exercise is a great way to help manage depression. It not only releases those happy hormones, but also helps clear your mind of stress, confusion and worry.
  • It helps your social life. Exercising with others, going to the gym or playing sports can be a great way to meet new people and keep each other motivated.
  • It helps you sleep. Working the body and clearing the brain ensures a good night’s sleep, and can help regulate problematic sleeping patterns.