Lesson: Food and Leisure - Healthy Lifestyles

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Physical activity releases feel-good hormones called endorphins, which help us sleep and feel better. It also improves our physical fitness, which tends to make people feel better in general.

Even small amounts of regular physical activity can improve your mental wellbeing, especially if it’s doing something you enjoy. Physical activity is even a recommended treatment for some types of depression.

You can get active at your own pace, in your own way. There’s no need to join a gym or even spend any money. Simple, small changes in our day-to-day can make all the difference.

Taking a brisk walk at lunchtime or walking to get where we’re going, getting active in the garden, or cycling once or twice a week are great options.

If there is a type of activity you used to enjoy, think about how you could pick it up again. For example, there are lots of groups in local areas open to all levels of ability.

What’s more, studies show that time in green spaces is beneficial, so head to your local park if you can!

If you need a little help fitting more physical activity into your day, try the Active 10 app. It helps you get short bursts of brisk walking into your day.

There’s also the fantastic Couch to 5K app,

which will get you up and running in just 9 weeks!


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