Lincoln City Foundation are committed to providing opportunities that support individuals to develop their mental well-being. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we want to highlight the role that taking part in physical activity can have in helping you to feel good about yourself both inside and out.
The charity Mind have identified many ways which physical activity can improve mental health. These include improved sleep, happier moods, enhanced self-esteem, reducing the risk of depression, and managing feelings such as stress and anxiety.
During the current Covid-19 outbreak whilst some of the physical activity programmes the Foundation delivers may be paused, there are still many ways you can keep physically active whilst staying safe and adhering to the current Government guidelines.
· Poachers Challenge: great for families - download the booklet and work through to complete all the challenges. Once you have finished all the challenges you can 'claim your certificate' from Poacher himself!
· Couch to 5k: get into running with this 9-week programme designed for complete beginners by the NHS.
· Gym-free workouts: The NHS have created routines that you can do anywhere, anytime including seated exercises, strength, balance and flexibility sessions.
· #FITFANS: Delivered by the EFL and EFL Trust, #FITFANS is a series of online exercise sessions for adults who would like to get active at home whilst in lockdown. No equipment needed and limited space required.
· Extra Time Hubs – try some seated activity which is designed to warm up the body and keep you moving! Download the pack below:
Mind have also created their own set of physical activity resources:
· A-Z activity guide: Looking to get active at home or in your garden but not sure where to start? The A-Z activity guide includes an array of activities and most require no equipment.
· Get active bingo: Challenge yourself and tick of your achievements with this bingo sheet designed to help you move more around your home.
· Runners bingo: If you enjoy running, take a look at this runners bingo sheet and see if you can achieve a line or a full house by taking part in the suggested activities.
· Mindful walking: Sometimes it's good to stop and take notice of what is going on around you, and a mindful walk is a great way to do that. You can use this resource to help you complete your own.
· Mindfulness and yoga: Yoga encourages us to stop and take notice of how our mind and body are feeling. This activity sheet will help you plan for your own yoga practice, which you can complete at home or with a group of friends.
Further support and advice about physical activity and mental health from Mind is available here
Previous articles in this series for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020:
Monday 18 May 2020 – On Your Side
Tuesday 19 May 2020 – Be Kind to Yourself
Wednesday 20 May 2020 – Spreading Colleague Kindness