Physical activity for our social health

Posted 1 week ago

National Best Friends Day is 8th June

We know that physical activity is great for our physical health, but did you know it could also work wonders for your social wellbeing, too?

"Physical activity has many benefits. It can improve your health, mood, and energy levels. But sometimes, the inspiration to get moving may be lacking. That’s when friends, family, and other social connections can help.

Research has shown that connecting with others, called social support, can help you get active and make changes to improve your health."

- NIH Social Wellness Toolkit: Social Wellness Toolkit | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Top activities that could also boost your social wellbeing:

  • Walk in one of London's many parks: from the Royal Parks to smaller green spaces, there's plenty to choose from. You could bring a friend, or join a walking group.
  • Join one of your college's clubs or societies: not only is it a great way to meet like-minded people, there is usually something for everyone. If there is nothing that takes your fancy, see if you can form your own!
  • If you're up for it, join a gym or exercise class. You'll often meet a new group of friends, or bond with other attendees. Even if it's just a quick hello once a week - this social interaction may help us feel like we belong somewhere.

What other tips do you have for boosting your social wellbeing through exercise?

Our Social Wellbeing Campaign is running all week ahead of National Best Friends Day on 8th June.

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