Being active is one of the five ways to wellbeing. Being physically active can help alter your mood, build your self-esteem, help you set goals and gain a sense of achievement. According to the mental health charity MIND, regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups, and can also slow age-related cognitive decline and promote overall wellbeing.
There are lots of different ways to be active, even during lockdown, and whatever activity you choose, it doesn't have to be costly or intense for you to feel good. Don’t feel that you have to spend hours on actvities, for long term success, find activities you enjoy and integrate them into your life. Something as simple as going for a walk at lunchtime and exploring our glorious can get you out of the house/office, get some fresh air, and provide you with some exercise.
Browse this page and find out about how options to increase your physical activity, or take or take a smaller step to improve your wellbeing now.
If you have a physical disability and are not sure where to start, you might want to connect with other people through the Disabled Employee Network.
Being Active and Covid-19
At the moment we may not able to do the physical activites we would like to due to social distancing, but there are still lots of ways to keep active, with more and more online classes being released all the time. For example, the NHS have released some fantastic exercise videos to help you keep up your physical fitness. Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across their aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and Pilates and yoga categories.
Learn Tai Chi
The weekly Tai Chi Classes started as part of Healthy Living Campaign are continuing via Teams 12.15-1pm Thursdays. Relax with this low-impact, slow-motion exercise that combines movement and meditation, to improve fitness during lockdown. Join Grp- TaiChi on Campus, or try it on your own online anytime- see video of Buduanjin which is what the group have been working on.