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Did you know that getting active can reduce anxiety and stress, combat low mood and increase self-esteem? It can help you feel good on the inside and out. 

We know that starting something new can be challenging, and getting active is no exception. On this page you'll find some handy tips, resources and inspirational stories to help you on your way.

Join a Get Set to Go group

Get Set to Go helps people find the physical activity that is right for them so that they are able to enjoy the physical, social and mental benefits of being active. This programme is delivered by our local Mind network and is currently available in 19 local areas across England and Wales.

> Find your group

Sign up to Elefriends

Starting something new can be daunting. If you've recently started exercising, or would like peer support to help you get there, our Elefriends online community can help. Elefriends is a free, supportive space where you can be yourself and link up with others who are just starting out too.

> Find out more

Our guide to getting active

Our information guide is full of details about how being active can be good for your mental health. The guide explores lots of handy tips to help you get started. You can also discover which type of exercise may be best for you, and how to overcome the barriers that may stop you from taking part.

> Explore our guide

Run and Talk

Watch Sujan's story about how running helped manage her anxiety and panic attacks.

We work with England Athletics to support Run and Talk events across England. If you'd like see if jogging is right for you, find a run near you on their site.

Find a Run And Talk group

What other activities can I try?

There are lots of different types of exercise and physical activity. The most important thing to consider, is finding something that you enjoy. Take a look at some of the great resources below to help you get started.

Ideas from the NHS:

  • Couch to 5k: This is a 9-week running programme designed for complete beginners by the NHS.
  • Gym-free workouts: Going to the gym isn't for everyone. Luckily, there are plenty of other ways to get active instead. The NHS have created routines that you can do anywhere, any time.

Complete your own activity with our resources:

  • Mindful walking: Sometimes it's good to stop and take notice of what is going on around you, and a mindful walk is a great way to do that. You can use this resource to help you complete your own.
  • Mindfulness and yoga: Yoga encourages us to stop and take notice of how our mind and body are feeling. This activity sheet will help you plan for your own yoga practice, which you can complete at home or with a group of friends.

Track your progress

The Get Set to Go plan

You can download our free Get Set to Go plan to help you think about:

  • what you would like to achieve from being active 
  • setting yourself some goals
  • look at what might stop you from reaching your goals and identify how to overcome any barriers
  • track your progress to help you reflect on your journey so far
  • identify the support you may need to help you stay well.

Mental Health A-Z

Information and advice on a huge range of mental health topics

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Training

Helping you to better understand and support people with mental health problems

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