Move More and Stress Less

Move More and Stress Less

Posted: Fri, 01 Nov 2019 16:13

Move More and Stress Less

Move More and Stress Less!

We know that being active is great for our physical health and fitness, but evidence shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing.

Physical activity is thought to cause chemical changes in the brain, which can help to positively change our mood. Evidence suggests that people who exercise every day reduce their risk of anxiety and stress.

Move More is all about the physical activity we do. Physical activity could be walking to the shops or gardening to dancing, running and chair-based yoga. Find activities you enjoy and make them a part of your life!

Suffolk How Are You has partnered with the This Girl Can Suffolk campaign, supported locally by Active Suffolk to promote physical activity and the positive impact it has on mood. Active Suffolk now have over 70 ambassadors across the county, who all volunteer their time to inspire other women to become more active and participate in sport without the fear of judgement.

Claire Marie Scarff is a This Girl Can ambassador in Suffolk who has shared her story about how This Girl Can has helped her to stay active and improves her wellbeing:

How does being active affect your mood?

I am a carer & home educator for my daughter who has autism & learning difficulties. This is very challenging. My work outs are my time. Exercise releases happy hormones which melts away the stress. Working out gives me the ability to think clearly & help me sleep better.

How do you get exercising on a cold autumn day and fit it round your schedule? I won't lie, it's tough getting up to exercise in the morning, but what's tougher is getting home at night when you're tired, it's dark & cold but your house is warm & you just want to relax. Finding motivation to work out then is so hard but we all have times when we are more energetic & motivated - that's the right time. I love my 6am workout. It's done first thing & puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day. It also means when I get home at night I can relax on the sofa!

Why did you sign up to be a This Girl Can ambassador?

I suffer with Crohns Disease, Asthma & Arthritis pretty much everywhere. It's fair to say I have not been blessed with good health. I have found that exercise & nutrition has played a big part in improving my health. My joints become so stiff & painful if I don't get them moving. Improving muscle strength helps to support them. It's great to get your blood pumping & manage weight to reduce the strain on the body. I really think it's the most under-used medication we have. I recommend getting involved with This Girl Can to anyone, despite their personal challenges. Small steps make big changes & everyone was a beginner at some point.

Become a This Girl Can ambassador for your chance to win a fitbit!

Calling all women and girls of Suffolk - are you a champion of physical activity? Become a This Girl Can Suffolk ambassador to share your enthusiasm for being active for your health and wellbeing.

Get involved by blogging or vlogging your good mood moves before the 10th March 2020, as part of the Suffolk How Are You campaign, to be entered into a prize draw to win a Fitbit!

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There are plenty of local activities taking place across Suffolk for you to get involved with including Health Walks, Dance Groups and ParkRun - visit to find details of activities near you!

Tags: Community, Suffolk, This Girl Can, Women in Sport, female sport