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Moving more and mental wellbeing

Being active is one of the Mental Health Foundation’s Five Ways to Wellbeing to better mental health.

Research shows a strong link between physical activity and increased mental wellbeing, including lower rates of depression and anxiety.

Move more, feel good

Moving more can lift our mood and reduce stress. It can reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem and the ability to cope with difficult situations. It can also reduce the risk of depression.

These are all good things when it comes to protecting your team’s wellbeing.

Research is continuing into which kind of activity, and how much, is best for mental health. However, we do know it doesn’t have to be done in one hit or be vigorous to be beneficial.

In fact, we can boost our mental wellbeing from single bursts of less than 10 minutes. Just a quick brisk walk can be enough to improve our mental alertness, energy and mood.

Read more about the impact of physical activity on mental wellbeing

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