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Growing up, most of us were told to go outside and be active, as the physical effects of exercise were extremely advantageous. However, more often than not, people failed to mention the positive effects exercise has on our mental health.
All of us have been at a point where we have felt weak; where the stress has become too much and we feel anxious, upset, and overwhelmed. When these emotions present themselves, exercise seems like the furthest thing from our minds. It seems simpler to just curl up in a ball and relax in the comfort of our own home. However, the link between exercise and its immense positive effects on the brain is huge.
Not only is working out a great distraction from life’s many stresses but it also releases positive chemicals in the brain which aid our mood and overall happiness. In addition, working out regularly has also been shown to increase memory, boost concentration, and improve sleep — all of which are vital to university students, especially those battling mental health issues.
Victoria Recreation is running a campaign called 4 Peaks in 4 Weeks, which takes place from March 6–April 2. All you need to do is get out and run/walk up four of Wellington’s highest peaks — Mount Victoria, Mount Kaukau, Brooklyn Wind Turbine, and Tinakori Hill. Not only is this a great way to keep fit, but it is an awesome way to see new parts of Wellington and improve your mental health! Victoria Recreation is also giving away awesome prizes to anyone who posts photos on one of the peaks with the hashtags #4Peaks4Weeks and #VicUniWgtn.
However, if climbing Wellington’s highest peaks isn’t really your thing, Victoria Recreation also hosts a huge amount of social sports, gym classes, and places to work out!