Be active, me kori tonu Do what you can. Enjoy what you do. Move your mood.

Being physically active every day is great for our bodies and minds.

As well as improving physical health and fitness, being ACTIVE can also improve our mood and overall mental wellbeing, and decrease stress, depression and anxiety.

These benefits are increased when we get outside.

Being active with others can help us feel more connected, and motivates us to build new habits.

Being active does not have to mean going for a run. Do what you can to move your mood. Any form of physical movement can be beneficial – find something that you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Think about how you could move or stand more at work – build habits to bring more active movement into your work day.


  • Go for a gentle stroll at lunchtime
  • Join a sports team
  • Break up long periods of sitting
  • Have walking meetings
  • Take a yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi class
  • Use the stairs instead of the lift
  • Do some gardening
  • Try some stretches

“I found that taking short breaks throughout the day helps move my mood.” Ashley

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Last updated 6 May 2020.