5 Ways to Wellbeing MK

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.

Be Active...


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

women exercising

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:

NHS Choices - get active for mental wellbeing


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'

jogging with dog

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: 3 May 2022