Moving more at work

The Better Health ‘Good for your body, Good for your mind’ campaign is highlighting the importance of employers encouraging their employees to be more active to improve their mental health.

Mental illness is the leading cause of absence from work, with 17.9 million working days lost due to mental illness last year. It is common for us to face challenges at work and at home that can have an impact on our mental health. Employers are in a great position to be able to help. Here are some facts and tips to share with those you work with.

  • Being active isn’t just good for your body – it’s good for your mind too. 

  • People who exercise regularly have 1.5 fewer ‘bad days’ a month on average than those who don’t exercise. 

  • Being active releases chemicals in your brain that boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep well and feel better. 

  • Finding an activity you like and are able to do regularly is more important than pushing yourself to do something you don’t enjoy. 

  • Being active doesn’t have to be a hassle. Doing little things every day to be more active can really lift your mood and put a smile on your face. And every step you take is a step towards feeling great. 

 

  • Lunchtime is a good opportunity to fit in some activity. A brisk walk will help you unwind and feel ready to take on the rest of the day. 

  • An active hobby, like gardening or DIY, can be great for your mind as well as your body. 

  • Get your friends and family involved with activity challenges like seeing who can do the most steps in a day. 

  • Whether it's running, yoga or simply dancing around your home, it’s more likely to make you smile if you enjoy it – and you’re more likely to stick at it too.

You can download the campaign’s toolkit which includes posters and resources for social media and digital communications. It also includes suggestions on how you could communicate the message in the workplace.

What could your workplace do to help you move more?

 
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