Robert Price consider how keeping active can enhance wellbeing, ahead of this week’s Cardiff Half Marathon

Physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing are all fundamental to a happy life. Keeping active is one of the best ways to improve our wellbeing. Robert Price staff are boosting theirs by training for the Cardiff Half Marathon. With the race taking part in early October, the staff are already gearing up for the race day buzz!

Our commitment to wellbeing

At Robert Price, we recognise the importance of staff wellbeing, which is why we offer activity options outside the normal ‘9 to 5' routine, including the Cardiff Half Marathon. We aim to ensure every team member is healthy, both in mind and body. Whilst we encourage our staff to take part in as much as possible, our ‘extra-curricular’ activities are never compulsory, but always encouraged!

Our Robert Price running team have been working hard in preparation for the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday October 6th, improving both their mental and physical fitness. Keeping active is a great way to achieve a sense of wellbeing and running can give a real sense of freedom, pride and self-confidence. Plus, there’s the added enjoyment and encouragement that comes from running with friends or colleagues.

What is wellbeing and how can I improve mine?

Wellbeing is to feel comfortable, healthy or happy. It means having a healthy mind, living a positive life, feeling good about yourself and your environment.

The choices we make in our everyday lives can have a huge impact on our basic wellbeing. To improve our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing, there are various things we can all do, including mindfulness, socialising, eating well and most importantly getting active.

Ask any one of the Robert Price Runners – they’ll be sure to tell you about the wealth of advantages running or even a basic level of activity can bring. Sports and activities allow us to set personal targets and provide an unbeatable feel-good factor when achieved. Exercise also releases endorphins which are scientifically proven to make us happier.

Physical activity and your mood

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that physical activity can be one of the most effective techniques to improve our mood. Those who exercise regularly have been shown to have a more positive mentality, reportedly feeling more energized, interested and enthusiastic compared to those who have lower levels of physical activity.

Common opinion assumes ‘activity’ means slogging it out for hours in the gym. However, just going for a brisk 10-minute walk is enough to improve our mental wellbeing and energy levels. Walk the dog, go for a run around the park or simply find an activity you enjoy and incorporate it into your everyday life.

Reducing stress and anxiety

Aside from boosting our physical wellbeing, participating in regular forms of activity can also have an impact on our self-esteem, reducing stress and anxiety. Physical activity can have an astounding effect, even having the potential to improve the quality of life of those suffering from serious mental health problems. In fact, adults who participate in daily activity are up to 30% less likely to suffer from depression or dementia.

Robert Price and wellbeing

We’re keen to spread the message that mental and physical wellbeing is of utmost importance. We encourage all our staff to take part in regular activity, eat healthy foods and stay hydrated throughout the working day. We all know lots about healthy eating and it’s easy to drink plenty of water, getting active however can sometimes seem a challenge.

So, if you’re interested in getting active, why not dance, garden or even follow some keep fit videos at home to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

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