Moving our bodies is great for physical and mental health, effectively supporting general wellbeing.
Research consistently finds that 30 minutes of exercise a day reduces depressive symptoms by up to 30%.
Aerobic exercise (the kind that gets your heart and sweat glands pumping) has been linked with improvements in anxiety levels and mood. Better still, regular aerobic exercise appears to boost memory and learning!
Physical activity doesn't mean hours in the gym, if that isn’t your thing. You could go for a walk or run. Cycle, or play a sport. There's also dancing, surfing, and tramping- the possibilities are endless!
Discover a physical activity you enjoy and you’ll be more likely to do it.
Small changes in your lifestyle can easily increase your level of activity.
- Walk or cycle to uni
- Take the stairs instead of the lift
- Set a reminder to get up every hour and do a quick walking lap.
- Plan to walk and talk. You don’t have to be sitting down to make a phone call.
Remember, small changes can make a big difference.
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