How is physical activity good for my mental wellbeing?

Through the 5 Ways to Wellbeing it has been proven that by being active (e.g. going for a walk or run, steppping outside, cycling, playing a game, gardening or dancing) can actually help to improve your mental wellbeing. This means that physical activity is good not only for your body but it’s great for your mind too. Being active can be any body movement that works your muscles and requires more energy than resting so you don’t necessarily have to go to the gym to be active.

Research has shown that physical activity releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good – boosting your self-esteem, helping you concentrate as well as sleep, look and feel better. Not bad for something we can quite easily do for free! A few benefits of being physically active are:

  • less tension, stress and mental fatigue
  • a natural energy boost
  • improved sleep

To read more on physical activity and mental health from the Mental Health Foundation, please click here.

Why not try to be active through Sport Relief?

This year Sport Relief have launched the billion step campaign and is challenging the nation to take 1 billion steps every day during Sport Relief. They have an app which you can download to track your progress and add to the billion step challenge, they even have extra challenges you can take part in and possibly even get rewards. Why not download the app and take part? You could go for a walk a day and see if your mental wellbeing is affected.

Local ways to get active

If you feel like you would like extra support around getting physically active then did you know that there are several organisations across the region which can help with that? Click here to find out what’s in your area. There are also lots of events and activities which you can take part in (such as local walks) that can help you o get physically active and start to improve your mental wellness, click here to find events you can take part in in your local area.