Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.

Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being.

But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good - slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.

Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas:

  • Take the stairs not the lift
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Walk into work - perhaps with a colleague – so you can ‘connect’ as well
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to work
  • Organise a work sporting activity
  • Have a kick-about in a local park
  • Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before you leave for work in the morning
  • Walk to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing.

"Mental health changes over time, just like physical health. It’s so important to give yourself the best possible chance at keeping your mind healthy; being active is one of the tools at your disposal.

Anyone that knows me knows that my activity levels yo-yo from one day to the next, but I feel more alive and a lot less stressed when I stay active. I admit that inactivity is a vicious cycle…you could be at a point in your life where your mind isn’t as healthy as you’d like it to be, yet the last thing you want to do is go for a jog! Just remember that the changes to your lifestyle can be as subtle or dramatic as you like.

Whether you go for a stroll around the block or stick one of Davina’s workout videos on in your lounge (Lycra is optional), I promise that you’ll feel better afterwards.

With the above in mind, I’ve signed up for a 60-mile cycle in July to raise money to fight social isolation. This is going to be a real challenge for me, but it's giving me a focus and I’m already feeling the benefits.

What challenge are you going to set yourself?"

Jack Elsdon - Finance & Operations Officer