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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.

Your stories...

  • I joined my local running club two months ago. I thought it wouuld be full of skinny fit people, but far from it. Many of the members are not what you'd call athletes but they are running at their own limits and pushing themselves. I'm beginning to really understand it now.

    Elspeth
  • Spending time in the garden had an amazing effect on my mood, it was like an escape and a huge benefit to me

    Jim
  • I didn't know there was a netball team so close to where I live. I played at school but as an adult I grew to hate exercise. Not any more! I met so many new friends, I have lost weight, and now I look forward to our games!

    Janet
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  • Ideas for getting active

    You don't just have to join the gym or go for a run. You could try walking or a sport, take up cycling to work, dance classes, home fitness DVDs or games, do some DIY or house work, or offer to walk a neighbours dog - there are loads of ways to do it.

  • Did you know?

    Having a healthy, active body is linked to having a healthy, happy and active mind. People think the two are separate but actually they are not. Scientists believe that physical activity causes mood-enhancing chemical changes in your brain. Have you heard of endorphins? These are 'good mood' hormones present in physically active people.

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