“I want to treat my body with respect. Swimming helps me to relax and unwind.” – Chris

Overview

Being active can be an effective way to maintain your physical and mental health. Physical activity doesn't necessarily mean exercise. It could be anything you do in your day-to-day life - for example, running errands, doing housework, and so on.  

However, you may have physical limitations, be going through a stressful time in your life, or you may be living with a condition that would make it harmful - or impossible - to be physically active. Whatever your individual 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.

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Page last updated 28th September 2017