Welcome to Move and Measure It!

Firstly, I congratulate you on taking the step to getting more active because getting started, or even thinking about it, requires a certain amount of energy and we know that is not always easy. Regular physical activity has numerous benefits for our mental health and wellbeing, so whether you are visiting this site for the first time or are returning to get more inspiration, I warmly encourage you to use the tips and information provided here to help you reach your goal. Along with your health professional, we wish you all the best on your continuing journey to better health.

Dr John Reilly
Chief Psychiatrist and Chief Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Officer

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Tips for getting started

If you haven’t exercised much before, or it’s been awhile, it can be daunting to know how to start. The most effective way is to start slowly. Find out what kinds of activity you enjoy, how you feel when you start moving more, and how to fit being active into your routine.

Read our guide to getting active, to help you find what works best for you.

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Simple exercises you can do at home

Follow our step-by-step guides and learn how to improve your exercise technique for beginners through to advanced sessions.

Try a beginner-friendly workout

 This 30-minute workout offers a whole-body routine that will build your strength and cardio capability while growing your confidence and helping you feel more energised.

How much should we be moving?

Keeping our bodies fit and healthy is incredibly valuable for our mental and physical wellbeing. To get the most benefits, we need different amounts and types of physical activity and intensity, depending on our age.

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Get started with yoga

Practising yoga can provide both physical and mental wellbeing benefits. Yoga can build strength, awareness, and harmony in both your body and mind. It’s also great for your flexibility and a good way to build physical activity into your weekly routine. If you’re new to yoga, give this beginners yoga sequence a go!

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Every step counts

Walking is a great way to increase your activity. Download the 10,000 Steps program to help monitor your daily step goals and track your progress. Start by aiming for an additional 500 steps per day and eventually build up to 10,000 steps each day.

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Frequently asked questions

More tips and inspiration

To learn more about improving your health and wellbeing, check out our blog.