The final of the five ways to wellbeing is ‘be active’. We may assume that this means doing an exercise class every day, taking up a new sport, hula-hooping 26 times every 26 minutes while running 5k, or breaking a Guinness World Record (all of which would be wonderful if you like the sound of it!), yet being active can be achieved through all sorts of other activities.
Being active means anything that involves moving our bodies. Right now, life means that we aren’t moving around as much as we usually do. We are now sitting at our computer or device to do our school work, then maybe watching a movie, and maybe some iPad or Xbox time. We might be forgetting to move around as much as we would during break and lunch, during PE and Drama lessons, during our clubs and our walk home from school. It can be really hard to motivate ourselves! This will impact on our physical and mental wellbeing. Being active can lift our mood, reduce stress and anxiety, clear our thinking, increase self-esteem and create a sense of calm.
We are all different and we will all have different ways to enjoy being active. Let’s think of some ideas:
- Declutter your bedroom or that pesky drawer full of ‘stuff’
- Boogie to your favourite song
- Learn a new dance routine
- Go for a walk
- Go outside
- Go for a bike ride
- Play a game
- Do some gardening
- Cleaning the kitchen
- Create an obstacle course in the garden
- Build a indoor den on a rainy day
- Hoovering the house (and perhaps recreate Queen’s ‘I Want to Break Free’ video!)
- Look on the VLE for PE tasks set by our fab PE department
- Take part in the Specsavers Virtual Sussex School Games
- Daily exercise fix with Joe Wicks
- Download a yoga app
However we chose to be active, just getting our bodies moving can really benefit how we feel and our mental health . . . even if it is just a short walk.
I hope you have found that learning about the five ways to wellbeing has been helpful. Just five ways. Take notice. Connect. Give. Keep learning. Be active.
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