Want to do some physical activity … nudge, nudge?!

Social – join in group physical activity, go alone or with family, friends, colleagues Inclusive – find an activity that looks and sounds welcoming Affordable – look for discounts and free sessions, there are plenty around Rewards – go because it looks like it could be fun! Goals – set yourself some nice easy shortContinue reading “Want to do some physical activity … nudge, nudge?!”

Why nature is good for you, your friends, colleagues and the NHS!

Whether connecting with nature through walks in the woods or alongside a river, or even better, working out in a group, your physical, mental and social wellbeing, as well as that of your friends and colleagues, will be improved. Thus, reducing your need for the NHS! Here are snippets from 3 research studies 🌳👩🏽‍🎓🤸🏽; 🌳👩🏽‍🎓🤸🏽  Continue reading “Why nature is good for you, your friends, colleagues and the NHS!”

PAAC – Physical Activity Against Covid

How you can fight Covid Variants and be a Local Super Hero … “Regular, moderate to vigorous physical activity is associated with reduced risk of community-acquired infectious diseases and infectious disease mortality, enhances the first line of defence of the immune system, and increases the potency of vaccination.”  Effects of Regular Physical Activity on theContinue reading “PAAC – Physical Activity Against Covid”

Why Rewards Are Destroying Your Motivation

Sometimes you need that nudge to motivate you. It’s easy to find an app or program that rewards you for doing an activity (like exercise) with money, cool products, and badge/point prizes. If there’s a reward (or consequence) at the end, you’ll work harder and be more motivated to do the activity, right? Wrong. Well,Continue reading “Why Rewards Are Destroying Your Motivation”

Can Physical Activity Increase Brain Processing Speed?

Moderate physical activity is linked to thinking faster, increased attention span, improved problem solving abilities and improved working memory across all age groups. The effect increases with age. A single bout of physical activity increases cerebral blood flow and neurotransmitter (dopamine/endorphin) levels, resulting in increased levels of arousal, attention and effort, which in turn positivelyContinue reading “Can Physical Activity Increase Brain Processing Speed?”

How can physical activity increase self esteem?

There is a strong connection between social physical activity and self esteem. Self-esteem is not just high self-regard, but a natural high that we feel when included in groups. It is fundamental to psychological wellbeing and a key indicator of emotional stability.  High self-esteem is associated with a number of positive characteristics such as independence,Continue reading “How can physical activity increase self esteem?”

Intrinsic & Extrinsic Goals in Physical Activity

Intrinsic motivators – the ultimate in being happy, short, medium and long term. Examples include; exercising/ socialising with others, feeling valued, increasing knowledge, having autonomy (actual/perceived), knowing you are physically healthier, enjoying physical challenges. Extrinsic motivators – useful short term for getting started, achieving a short term goal, immediate encouragement. Examples include; free session, coffeeContinue reading “Intrinsic & Extrinsic Goals in Physical Activity”