Physical wellbeing

Why is physical wellbeing so important?

Good physical health and good mental health are intrinsically linked – where one suffers, the other will usually follow.

So, looking after our physical wellbeing should be a top priority for us all.

Physical activity plays a huge role in enhancing our psychological wellbeing and mental health.

Increasing you activity levels improves:

  • your overall health
  • sleep
  • ability to maintain healthy weight
  • management of stress
  • quality of life

Even small increases in physical activity can contribute to improved overall health and quality of life.

Everyone is different, the trick is to find the right activity for you – making sure it is something you enjoy and is right for your level of fitness, is essential to keeping up with it. Any activity that can be built into your daily routine can add to your physical activity, such as:

  • using the stairs rather than a lift
  • parking a bit further away from your destination
  • going for a walk during your lunch break
  • cleaning and tidying up
  • or even having a dance to a favourite song

Walking and cycling

Increasing how much you walk, or cycle can be an easy way to increase your overall physical activity levels. Walking and cycling have a range of benefits, including:

  • improving mental wellbeing
  • opportunities to enjoy the outdoor environment
  • reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity and Type 2 diabetes
  • keeping the musculoskeletal system healthy

Physical activity resources

NHS Fitness Studio

You can find free, easy 10-minute workouts here and exercise videos to try at home on the NHS Fitness Studio.

Active 10 app

This app shows how much brisk walking you are doing and helps to show how you can fit a ten-minute brisk walk into your day. Users can set their own goals and are encouraged to progress to 30 minutes of brisk walking per day.

Sport England

A website full of resources to help you get active at home and outside, including what on-demand activities are available for your interests.

Activity – some is good, more is better, every minute counts and it’s never too late to start, so start today!

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