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Exercise Guide

Physical activity can boost mental wellbeing and change your outlook on life. It can help people with anxiety and depression and might even prevent such problems from developing in the first place. Whatever activities you choose and whether you do it in a group or on your own, indoors or out, you’re likely to benefit psychologically.

What counts as physically active:

Simple, everyday activities, such as gardening and walking

Exercise, such as cycling, swimming or working out

Sports, such as playing football, golf, or netball.

Joining a gym or exercise class

Regular physical activity can lift your mood, help you deal with negative emotions (such as anger) and bring you a general sense of mental wellbeing. It can help you sleep better, reduce tension levels, feelings of stress or fatigue, and give you more energy.

Some people develop a much more positive self-image, through changes to their body shape, as they begin to lose weight or feel their muscle tone get better. This, in itself, improves mental wellbeing.

‘Green’ Exercise

Research has shown that doing physical activity outside can boost the impact of exercise on your psychological wellbeing and some research showing outdoor activity can reduce symptoms of depression, improve self esteem, reducing fatigue, frustration and tension

For more information on physical activity, sports, gym, swimming, running, walking please see:

www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-a-z/E/exercise-mental-health/

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/Whybeactive.aspx

www.mind.org.uk/help/ecominds/mental_health_and_the_environment

www.wfh.naturalengland.org.uk/walkfinder/north-east/sunderland-wellness-walking-programme

www.sunderland.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3570

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