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Workout Wednesday: Mental Health Awareness Week

Published: 20 May 2020
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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and today we are celebrating one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, "Be Active". Being active and moving your body releases chemicals called endorphins which boost feelings of wellbeing and happiness.

The best way to find exercise that you will stick to is to find a style that you enjoy and make it a part of your routine. The Mental Health Foundation have created a useful guide: How to look after your mental health using exercise. The MHF are also asking you to be active for 30 minutes a day. You can sign up to receive their free activity calendar to help you achieve this goal here.

To help you ‘Be Active’, Sport and Wellbeing have set up a virtual webpage for their #DoesYouGood campaign. Here you can access online workouts, seek guidance from their team and get tips for how to make a positive difference to your activity levels.

Exercise does not have to be going to the gym, it can be walking briskly, doing yoga, etc. If exercise classes are not your style or do not fit with your lifestyle, then that is okay and there are plenty of other ways for you to keep active. The NHS states that "walking briskly, even for one minute, counts as exercise." Even if you are very limited on time, finding ways to fit small bouts of exercise into your day is easier than you think. You could take the NHS One You quiz to see if more exercise would be beneficial for you.

There are lots of online resources and apps that you can download to help you achieve your fitness goals and be active:
• Active 10
• Couch to 5k
• Samarathon

Read our other Mental Health Awareness Week posts here.

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