“I want to treat my body with respect. Swimming helps me to relax and unwind.”
Being active can be an effective way to maintain your physical and mental health. Physical activity doesn't have to be exercise. It could be anything you do in your day-to-day life – like running errands or doing housework.
You may have physical limitations or a condition that would make physical activity harmful, or perhaps impossible. Or you may be going through a stressful time. Whatever your personal circumstances are, different people need different levels of physical activity and exercise. It helps to talk to your doctor to determine what kind of physical activity is right for you.
If you're able, you can start small. Light gardening or chores around the house could be a start. If you prefer group activities – indoors or outdoors – team sports, yoga, or dancing may be the way to go. Finding a friend, or even a pet, to walk with can make physical activity easier and more fun.
Regular physical activity can be a good way to boost your mood, reduce stress, and even improve sleep. It is also known to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.
A closer look
Being physically active makes you feel good
Walking is the perfect exercise
Exercising outdoors can have extra benefits
Too much exercise may not be healthy
Playing footy is a huge part of my life. It's the only time I can properly feel my emotions and regulate them because I know it's something I'm good at. That's a big outlet for me. I get to clear my head and distract myself from what's going on in my mind.
Exercise helped me cope. I got on my bike, I ran, I did exercise classes. I found it such a great release. It was lovely to get out in the fresh air, and to calm my mind.
Yoga has been a big part of my treatment. Finding something physical that helps has been great. It doesn't have to be intense exercise.
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.