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Moving more for our mental health

Throughout the week, we will be raising awareness around mental health with our blogs sharing tips and strategies, video content to hear our personal stories, and guides on how you can get involved. This year's theme centres on moving more as it is important for our mental health.

Going for a run to clear your mind, a little walk around your area or even playing your favourite songs and dancing in your room - they all incorporate a form of movement that makes you feel good, move more, and radiates positivity. “This year, we want you to move your way by finding something that moves your body and mind.”

Moving regularly is crucial for your mental health. Physical activity boosts your energy, reduces stress and anxiety, and boosts self-esteem. Adding movement to your daily routine improves your well-being. Here are some tips to move more for better mental health.

How can you move more to improve your mental health?

  • Begin with manageable activities such as short walks or gentle stretching.
  • Explore different forms of exercise until you find what you enjoy, whether it's hiking, dancing, or playing a sport.
  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.
  • Pay attention to how your body feels and adjust your activity level if needed.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after physical activity to maintain hydration levels.
  • As you become more comfortable, gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts.
  • Look for opportunities to move more in your daily activities, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift or doing short stretching breaks.
  • Schedule regular exercise sessions into your week to move a consistent part of your lifestyle.

According to a recent Mental Health UK study, research highlighted that 56% of people found that exercising regularly helped them alleviate stress and prevent burnout in their lives. 

How will moving more benefit me? 

Research indicates that engaging in movement and physical activity benefits our mental health in several ways:

  • Helps manage stress - Fifty-three percent of adults say they feel good about themselves after exercising, 35 percent say it puts them in a good mood and 30 percent say they feel less stressed.
  • Improves mood - Researchers found that, on average, a person has 3.4 poor mental health days per month. But among those who exercise, the number of poor mental health days dropped by more than 40 percent.
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