Being physically active means sitting down less and moving our bodies more! This doesn’t have to mean running marathons or training every day at the gym. If you'd like some advice and ideas go to the NHS Get Active page
How can physical activity help me feel better?
Physical activity can improve mental health and help keep someone well. For example, it can help with:
- better sleep – by making you feel more tired at the end of the day
- happier moods – physical activity releases feel-good hormones that make you feel better in yourself and give you more energy
- managing stress, anxiety or intrusive and racing thoughts – doing something physical releases cortisol which helps us manage stress.
- coping strategies - being physically active also gives your brain something to focus on and can be a positive coping strategy in difficult times.