Getting active is a great way to improve your physical and mental health! Leading an active lifestyle and becoming physically active means moving your body more and sitting down less throughout your day. This will not only increase your levels of activity, but also improve your mood, increase self-esteem and make you feel more energised!
Below are some key benefits of how physical activity can be a positive feature of your life and help your mental health:
- Improve your mood
- Increase your self-esteem
- Makes you feel more energised
- Bring a sense of achievement/accomplishment
- Improve your sleep
- Reduce and manage your stress and anxiety levels
Keeping Active During COVID-19 Lockdown
During these unusual and unprecedented times, it’s really important to try and keep active and maintain a routine.
Regular physical activity and exercise have positive benefits on our mental health and can help to manage stress levels, reduce anxiety and make us feel happier and more energised.
We are all experiencing a different way of life at the moment and adapting to the restrictions that are in place. This can affect our mental health and also the way we might usually exercise.
However, there are things we can do to keep ourselves moving. You may decide to do this inside, or outside as your permitted one form of exercise a day. It is vitally important to carry out your chosen activity in accordance with the most recent government guidelines. We advise you to keep up-to-date with the advice given on when you are allowed outside.
Here are some ways to keep active outside:
- If you have the space, spend some time outside in the fresh air and do some gardening
- Go for a walk, run or cycle once a day – or try the Couch to 5k programme if your new to running
- Walk your dog at a brisk pace
If you are starting something new or are new to exercise, please ensure you stay safe and follow any advice given by your GP. Please click here to view the Dorset Mind disclaimer for physical activity. We ask you to read and become familiar with this before taking part in any new form of physical activity or exercise.
Exercise at home
There are also some great ways to exercise at home, which can be found by following the links below.
Here are some ways to keep active at home:
- Dance to your favourite songs at home
- Put more energy in when you do your housework!
- Take part in an online exercise class
- Try yoga or pilates – there are plenty of resources on YouTube.
The NHS want you to put the fun back into fitness with their equipment-free workouts for all levels. These can be done anywhere at anytime.
Sport England have created a brand new resource that gives you advice and tools to stay physically active as possible. Their resource include apps, links for yoga, pilates and mindfulness too among others.