Keeping active
Being active is important for good wellbeing

We know keeping active has huge benefits for our physical health. But did you know that it’s also good for your mental health?


Exercise boosts mood, while physical fitness is known to help protect mental health. Taking part in regular physical activity can increase self-esteem and reduce stress and anxiety. It also helps prevent the development of mental health problems and improve the quality of life of people who already have them. In fact, even relatively small increases in physical activity can contribute to improved health and quality of life. That is why being active at home or outdoors is really important and will help give a positive influence on our self-esteem and self-worth.


Here we outline some free resources to support you and others to keep active.

Resources to help you
Exercise and mental health
Read the Mental Health Foundation’s guide to using exercise to look after your wellbeing, and its impact on a wide range of issues, including stress, depression, anxiety and dementia.
Cycling and walking
Learn why cycling and walking are great for your mental health – and how you can get involved – in this blog from the Sustrans charity.
Couch to 5k
Think you’re too unfit? The NHS Couch to 5k will help you gradually work up to a 5km run in just 9 weeks.
Free outdoor gyms
Clear your head and get moving at your local free outdoor gym
Join a free weekly community running event where everyone is welcome
Building routine
Read how having a routine and structure is important for good mental health, and why it’s important to get back into a routine as we recover from the pandemic.
Developing healthy habits
Read how to use challenging times to develop a new healthy habit.
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Resources to help you support others
Learn about GoodGym, who combine running with doing good deeds for community organisations and isolated older people.
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