Mental Health & Exercise

There are so many ways to get more exercise and increase physical activity!

  • Walking is a good way to begin.
  • Get off the bus a stop earlier and walk.
  • Park farther away from the supermarket.
  • Try to walk rather than drive.
  • Try out pretty walks; go and explore the parks, mountains, and coast where you live.
  • Try to take regular exercise, such as swimming.
  • Use the stairs rather than a lift or escalator.
  • Walk a dog.
  • Get out and cycle.
  • Dance to the radio.
  • Get an activity buddy.
  • Get the garden into shape.
  • Join a local social or leisure class, such as line dancing, yoga or salsa.

Most of us are put off by the word ‘exercise’. Remember: keeping our bodies active can have a positive impact on our physical and mental health.


The benefits of keeping active are:

  • Increased energy levels
  • Better body tone, posture, and confidence.
  • More stamina.
  • Stronger bones.
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.

regular exercise will improve your figure and posture, and enhance your overall sense of well being.

Keep Safe:

  • Make sure you can be seen; wear necessary safety equipment, such as cycling helmets.
  • Let people know where you are going and what time you will be back home, especially if you are going alone.
  • Warm up before you exercise.
  • Build up your stamina gradually.

If you feel unwell, do not continue exercising.

Keeping fit is one of the best preventative medicines available.

Just building in a little more exercise each day can have positive effects on your health.

Sport not only provides an excellent way of being physically active, but can have an important social dimension as well. This contributes to the mental health and well-being that is just one of the benefits of greater physical activity. You’ll find details of activities in your area in the local newspaper or library, or on the local authority website; or, you can contact your local leisure centre to see what activities are on offer.


The ‘More Card’

With the ‘More Card’, you can enjoy physical activities at substantially reduced cost. For more information, contact your local sports centre within RCT.


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