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North Wales Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service



Physical Activity

Most people know that when you are physically active, your body is healthier and works better.  If your body feels good, you feel good - and when you feel good about yourself, you are more likely to have good mental health.

Scientists have shown that one reason why you feel better when you exercise is because your body releases chemicals in your brain which make you feel good.  For most people, taking part in regular exercise can help to raise low mood and reduce anxiety and for some people with mild depression or anxiety, this can be as effective a treatment as taking medication.  

Regular physical activity has also been proved to help people sleep better, concentrate better, improve confidence and self-esteem and can provide opportunities to socialise and meet new people (for example if you join a local group or club or sign up for lessons at a gym or sports centre).

Go on …………….  Have some fun !!

For more information, click on the following links:

Royal College of Psychiatrists:  Physical Activity and Mental Health

Young Minds: Exercise and Mental Health

Mental Health Foundation:  Exercise and Mental Health

Local Authority Leisure Services

To find out about what your local leisure centres have to offer, click on the relevant links below:

Anglesey County Council

Sports, Clubs and Centres

Gwynedd County Council

Leisure and Culture

Conwy County Borough Council

Leisure and Culture

Denbighshire County Council

Leisure Services

Flintshire County Council

Leisure Services

Wrexham County  Borough Council

Wrexham Sports