what is physical activity?
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.
how can physical activity help my mental health?
There are many studies which have shown that doing physical activity can improve mental health. For example, it can help with:
>better sleep - by making you feel more tired at the end of the day
>happier moods - physical activity releases feel-good hormones that make you feel better in yourself and give you more energy
>managing stress, anxiety or intrusive and racing thoughts - doing something physical releases cortisol which helps us manage stress. Being physically active also gives your brain something to focus on and can be a positive coping strategy for difficult times.