Movement is very important for our mental health… but for many of us, we’re not getting enough of it! It can be a real struggle to make sure you’re getting that movement in every day. But you don’t have to overcomplicate things… movement doesn’t have to mean a set workout or something big… even the small things count!

“Pursuing a fitness goal is a highly effective method for building self-esteem. The physiological benefits greatly improve overall vitality and wellbeing. Importantly, exercise can be used to teach useful skills such as resilience, consistency, and positive self-talk,” says Melody Coleman, PT & Life Coach.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and they’re talking all about ‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health’ so we thought we’d share some things you can do to get movement in every day.

Get in those steps

Do you know how amazing walking is for you?

“You do not have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your 150 minutes of weekly exercise, as recommended in the physical activity guidelines for adults aged 19 to 64” says

Walking is incredibly beneficial—it reduces tension, increases blood flow, and provides an opportunity to connect with nature if you can walk in a park or garden. Grab a friend for extra motivation! You’ll probably feel more energised for the rest of the day too.

Keep it light

You don’t have to go into HIIT or strength workouts to feel the benefits from exercise. Start small, something that’s manageable for you.

Try some light workouts/stretches like yoga or Pilates… whatever feels good for you.

You could start your day off with some light stretches, particularly if you wake up aching, feeling full of tension. It can help set you up for the day.

Have a dance party

Find the fun in movement and have a dance party… by yourself or with others. Put on your favourite tunes and have a boogie, you’ll get the endorphins flowing and have fun too!

Use a chair

Chair exercises are a great way to get movement in without putting too much strain on the body. It can help to improve posture, strengthen your shoulders and more.

These exercises can even be done while watching the TV.

Take a break from sitting

Office workers, you know how it is… it’s easy to get sucked into your tasks and suddenly you haven’t moved for hours.

Research shows that its unhealthy to stay sitting down too long. You could set a timer to remind you to take regular breaks from your desk… stand up, walk around and stretch for a few minutes. Try going for a walk during your lunch break or after work.

Get started today and start small… even just some simple movement can help you to feel better. Set small, achievable goals that fit into your every day life… so lets get moving!

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