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Stress can manifest itself both mentally and physically. You may feel irritable, anxious or overwhelmed, and may experience physical effects such as tiredness, headaches or an upset stomach.

There are many possible causes of stress, from feeling under pressure at work to facing big life changes.

In the Mental Health Foundation’s guide “How to look after your mental health using exercise”, it notes taking part in regular physical activity can be very effective in relieving stress. It explains research on employed adults found that highly active individuals tend to have lower stress rates compared with individuals who are less active.

So, how is this measured?

The Department of Health and Social Care recommends adults should aim to be active daily, carrying out at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week. Examples of this include brisk walking, cycling, running, swimming and aerobics. It is any form of exercise that makes your heart beat faster and increases your breathing, while still being able to hold a conversation.

Here are some tips to build exercise into your routine:

  • Start slowly – everyday tasks you may already do such as housework and gardening are forms of exercise. For other options, decide if you’d like to be indoors or outdoors, and whether you’d like to exercise individually or as part of a group.
  • Adapt your routine – swap the lift for stairs or walk instead of driving short distances.
  • Have fun – try out different exercises and do more of what you find enjoyable. There is something for everybody.
  • Set goals – stay motivated by working towards targets. Using apps or a pedometer can help you challenge yourself.
  • Listen to your body – exercise has many benefits, but must be carried out safely and properly by warming up and cooling down.

If you experience and aches or pains as a result of exercise or otherwise, visit us, call 01260 290564 or email