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Physical activity, exercise and mental health

Physical activity and exercise can have a positive impact on our mental health, in lots of different ways.

But for some of us, getting active can be a struggle – including those of us who live with mental health problems. 

Explore our information to learn more, including tips and activities that you can try.

How are physical activity and mental health connected? >

Getting active can boost your wellbeing - but it's not always that simple. Learn about how physical activity and mental health are related.

Tips for getting physically active >

Find ideas for being physically active in a way that feels right for you. Read our tips for getting started with physical activity, or trying new activities.

Overcoming barriers to physical activity >

Some of us may experience barriers to getting active. Read our tips on building confidence, and finding safe, inclusive and low cost activities. 

Over-exercising and exercise addiction >

Learn about over-exercising and exercise addiction, including the signs and effects. Find ways to care for yourself and get support.

Mind's physical activity campaigns

Mind campaigns to use sport and physical activity to support and raise awareness of mental health. Visit our campaign pages to find lots more helpful resources, including:

  • More tips for getting active and developing a healthy relationship with exercise
  • Toolkits and training for sport and activity professionals to support people's mental health
  • Information about Mind's physical activity campaigns

See our resources

This information was published in October 2023. We will revise it in 2026.

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