Many studies have shown that physical activity can improve mental health; it can help with better sleep and moods as well as managing stress, anxiety or intrusive and racing thoughts.
Being physically active means sitting down less and moving our bodies more. Many people find that physical activity helps them maintain positive mental health, either on its own, or in combination with other treatments.
This doesn’t have to mean running marathons or training every day at the gym. There are lots of different things you can do to be a bit more active. For more ideas, see national Mind’s information on choosing an activity.
Please watch this video for five ways you can get moving and feel better:
Bucks Mind has a number of physical activity initiatives to promote good mental health. Many of our wellbeing and peer support groups already provide gentle exercise activities and we also offer free online yoga classes (see details below).