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Let's Get Physical

There are many reasons why physical activity is good for your body - having a healthy heart and supple joints are just two. But did you know that physical activity is also beneficial in your mental health and well-being?

Exercise is good for your mental health

Research shows that exercise influences the release and uptake of chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Staying active can lift your mood, reduce stress, help you deal with negative emotions and even help with anxiety and reduce the risk of depression and dementia. Even though the benefits of physical activity for reducing obesity and preventing chronic illnesses have been very well publicised, this has resulted in relatively little increased uptake of physical activity, with national surveys showing only one-third of the population meet UK physical activity guidelines.

The aim is to change the way we view physical activity in the UK: to see it not as something we 'have to do', 'should do' or 'ought to do' for our health but as something which we do because we personally value its positive benefits to our wellbeing.

As part of their work to help the nations population lead mentally healthy lives, the Mental Health Foundation have produced the Lets Get Physical Pocket Guide to show the positive impact that physical activity can have on your own mental wellbeing, including some tips and suggestions to help you get started.

Being active doesn't have to mean going to the gym, taking up jogging or wearing lycra. There are lots of ways to be active, find the one that works for you and let's all get physical!

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