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Information about how physical activity can help your mental health, and tips for choosing an activity that works for you, and how to overcome anything that might stop you from becoming more active.
It can be difficult to start being more active, particularly if you’re not feeling well or you feel like there are things getting in the way.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
"Although I love many aspects of running, it also brings out my capacity for guilt and self-criticism. There can be quite a lot of “no excuses” and “man up” type messages in the running world and I really struggle to keep these in perspective at times."
"I have done some fantastic activities [with Get Set to Go], had loads of fun and sampled sports that I’ve never had the chance to try before."
"Parkrun has given me the confidence to really believe in myself and keep my depression at bay."
"When I’m feeling low, I crank up the music and hit the streets; it stops me heading to a really dark place."
"In my aqua classes there are people of all shapes and sizes – and honestly no one cares."
This information was published in March 2019. We will revise it in 2022.
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