Short of time?
Try a brisk 10-minute walk twice a day to the office or school gates. Small increases in activity are easier to maintain and will give you a regular sense of success.
Do something you enjoy
It could be dancing round the kitchen, a ball game or dog walking – anything. If you find it fun, you are more likely to want to keep doing it.
Explore the outdoors
Being active outside, e.g. gardening or cycling, improves your wellbeing and can give you a sense of grounding and perspective.
Can’t get going?
Try joining a club or class. Other people can help you get motivated and it’s a great way to increase your social contact. Or, if you want to, take a friend with you for support.
I joined gym & now treat it as part of my treatment alongside meds
Lone sports, like running or swimming, can help you get some time to yourself and head space to think things over, away from everyday stresses.
Want to clear your head?
Concentrating on playing a team sport or competitive game, e.g. football or tennis, can help turn your focus away from your worries. And you won’t even realise you’re exercising.
Running clears my mind
Build up gradually. Too much exercise can make stress worse or cause injury.
Celebrate any progress you make, however small. If it motivates you, set challenging but achievable goals, or keep an exercise diary.
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