Do what you can – whāia te mea ka taea e koe, enjoy what you do – kia pārekareka tāu i whai ai, move your mood – kia pai ake ō piropiro
Being physically active is proven to boost our wellbeing and decrease stress, depression and anxiety.
When was the last time you went for a bike ride, a jog or a walk in the fresh air? Discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness. Do what you can, enjoy what you do, and move your mood.
- Bring activity into the everyday, eg. use the stairs instead of the lift, walk to colleagues to talk with them instead of phoning, and get off the bus one stop earlier than your stop.
- Try a ‘Have A Go day’ with a local sports group. Look out for what’s on offer, as often, free equipment and tuition is provided.
- Take a family walk after dinner, or a longer one on the weekend. Let family members take turns to choose where to go.
- Hold a family dance-off with different members picking the music.
- Organise or participate in walking tours of local places of interest in your community or suburb.
- Participate in a fun run/walk to raise money for charity.
- Encourage senior students to put together a Top Town-style event for the junior school with wacky, fun activities that everyone can participate in.
- Start or join a walking bus for school children.
- Try tai chi classes for strength, balance and mental wellbeing.
- Go swimming or water walking at your local pool.
- Join a sports club to be active and meet people at the same time – tennis, bowls, touch rugby, netball, there is so much to choose from!
- Find out the most popular sport among your colleagues and then organise a match or tournament for staff.
- Check out your garden – pulling some weeds or planting something new can help you work up a sweat.