Take on our Move More in May Challenge!
Whether you want to walk, run, cycle or even skip a certain amount of miles, pledge to dance for five minutes each day, or complete a minimum number of laps in the pool, we are encouraging you to Move More in May.
Not only does physical movement help autistic people to burn off energy, regulate their emotions and improve their fine and gross motor skills, it also has a profoundly positive impact on all our mental health.
Exercise can help to relieve stress, improve sleep and reduce depression, anxiety and ADHD, which are all common coexisting conditions in people living with autism.
How can I take part?
The great thing about our Move More in May challenge is that you can do anything you like, as long as it gets you moving more!
Move More in May is open to everyone, whatever your age or ability, whether you choose to run 5km every day, start skipping at the weekend, or do 50 dumbbell curls each week - anyone can get involved!
Any donations, no matter how big or small, will make a huge difference and will go towards supporting autistic people and their families. The money you raise could help finish crucial projects like the new Playground at Portfield School, organise days out for our adult service users, or purchase items that help autistic people to develop their skills and strengths.
Here are some ideas to help you get started:
- Run or jog outdoors and set yourself a distance target
- Cycle or swim
- Dance the nights away!
- Star jumps, squats or skipping
- Take the stairs instead of the lift
- Walk when you talk
- Park further away from home or work
- Bounce on the trampolines
- Set a steps goal for each day or week
- Play football with your friends
- Workout through housework
Why not get your friends, family or colleagues involved and have a competition to see who can move the most in May! However, you decide to move, share your progress with us by tagging Autism Wessex in your posts on social media or send us updates by emailing our fundraising team.