Fitness for Mental Health

A man exercises using hand weights

Physical fitness and mental health go hand-in-hand. Regular physical activity can improve mental health, boost your mood, reduce depression symptoms, and enhance your overall mental wellbeing—along with providing physical health benefits.

The Mental Health Foundation reports, “Finding an activity you enjoy can give you a goal to aim for and a sense of purpose. It can also be a great way to meet people, have a break from daily life, and gain confidence.

“Other benefits [of physical activity] include less tension, stress, and mental fatigue; a natural energy boost; a sense of achievement; more focus and motivation; feeling less angry or frustrated; a healthy appetite; and having fun.”

Wellbeats Classes for Fitness and Mindfulness

Wellbeats’ class offerings on fitness and mindfulness provide an educational framework for two areas that are key to physical health and mental wellbeing. Prioritizing these two areas—together or separately—can improve your mental health and overall wellbeing.

From calming your mind with gentle yoga to sweating out stress in a HIIT cardio class, Wellbeats’ fitness classes include something for everyone. Specific classes are designed to reduce stress by slowing down your mind and body while others simultaneously elevate your heart rate and boost your mood. Combine fitness with mindfulness in our restorative yoga classes where you can connect the mind and body to improve self-awareness and gratitude, establish inner peace and acceptance, or reduce stress.

The three Wellbeats classes outlined below provide a sample of Wellbeats’ fitness collection while using fitness to support your mental wellbeing.

Wellbeats instructor Josh K
Speed and Power with Wellbeats instructor Josh K.

Speed and Power with Josh K.

Grab some space and get ready to elevate your heart in this quick HIIT class focusing on your lower body! Wellbeats instructor Josh K. keeps the energy high and guides you through supersets of two moves, one for speed and one for power, while encouraging you every step of the way. Already a Wellbeats member? Try Speed and Power now.

What Our Members Are Saying

“Amazing workout!”—Wellbeats member

“Really a workout.”—Barbara, Wellbeats member

Wellbeats instructor Nicole L
Restorative Yoga with Wellbeats instructor Nicole L.

Restorative Yoga with Nicole L.

This beautiful, calming meditation is designed to help relieve stress and tension in your mind and body. Wellbeats instructor Nicole L. guides you through some gentle movement, stretching, and breathing exercises. Already a Wellbeats member? Try Restorative Yoga now.

What Our Members Are Saying

“Very relaxing class.”—Ada, Wellbeats member

Wellbeats instructor Barb K. practices Tai Chi.
Tai Chi Reduce Stress with Wellbeats instructor Barb K.

Tai Chi Reduce Stress with Barb K.

Wellbeats instructor Barb K. guides you through this Tai Chi series of movements to help alleviate and reduce anxiety and stress. Take a few moments, breathe, and enjoy. Already a Wellbeats member? Try Tai Chi Reduce Stress now.

What Our Members Are Saying

“Excellent class! Very relaxing.”—Jem, Wellbeats member

“Great relaxing flow. Enjoyed before bed.”—Kathryn, Wellbeats member

“Fantastic, great energy work. Loved it!”— Rebecca, Wellbeats member

The relationship between fitness and mental health is intricate. By paying attention to how physical activity makes you feel—including how you feel mentally—you’ll be able to identify and incorporate the best fitness routine to support your overall health and wellbeing.

Read more from the Mental Health Foundation on the relationship between physical activity and mental health here.

About Wellbeats, a LifeSpeak company

Wellbeats, a LifeSpeak company is a leading provider of on-demand virtual fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes for use in workplaces of all sizes, health plans, on college or university campuses, multi-family housing, the U.S. military, and fitness and health clubs. Based in St. Louis Park, MN, Wellbeats makes fitness accessible, affordable, and approachable for everyone. More than 1,000 classes and 35+ programs are available to help members stay on track and meet their goals. To learn more, visit or check out a sampling of the company’s fitness classes during a Facebook Live class, and follow Wellbeats on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.