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
Ways to be active…
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.
For some people, leading an active lifestyle may include taking part in sports or attending a gym. Although these are great ways to be physically active, there are many other things you can do!
Being active and leading an active lifestyle can simply mean making a habit of moving more throughout your day. This will not only increase your levels of activity, but improve your mood, increase self-esteem and make you feel more energised!
*It is vitally important to carry out whatever exercise/physical activity we decide to do in accordance with the most recent government guidelines and we advise you to keep up to date with the advice*.
Here are some ways to keep active outside:
- Walk or cycle instead of taking the car
- Get off the bus/train one or two stops early
- If you have the space, spend some time outside in the fresh air and do some gardening
- Go for a run, walk or cycle – or try the Couch to 5k Programme if you are 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.