5 Ways to Wellbeing MK
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness, and make it a part of your life.
What you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental wellbeing. Regular physical activity is associated with a greater sense of wellbeing and lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.
Participating in as little as 10 minutes of activity can increase mood. So although adults should aim to be active for at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) a week, being active in bouts of 10 minutes or more is a great way to start – and if it helps you to feel good then why not give it a go.
Some local services you might find helpful
Physical Activity MK promotes physical activity opportunities within Milton Keynes
The Sports Development team supports and co-ordinates a range of sporting and recreation opportunities for everyone across Milton Keynes
Leap will help you find your nearest sport and active opportunities across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes
Walking for Health can guide you to the nearest nature walks within five miles of Milton Keynes
Other places to find more information about getting active:
Age UK has a guide ‘Physical activity’ which is aimed at people who have never taken part in regular physical activity before or those who have been inactive for a while
British Heart Foundation: Staying Active offers nine useful tips in their guide to getting active
Cancer research UK – physical activity, exercise and cancer explains how incorporating more physical activity into your life can help prevent cancer
Change4Life is the NHS campaign website which encourages us all to 'eat well', 'move more' and 'live longer'
NHS Choices:Health and Fitness highlights the benefits of exercise and offers information of various activities for beginners through to the more experienced
NHS: Physical Activity guidelines details the physical activity guidelines for adults for both aerobic and strength exercises
Mental health Foundation - A pocket guide on how to look after your mental health using exercise.
Last Updated: 8 January 2021