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No commute means a cycle ride to start the day for local GP

During this week’s Mental Health Awareness Week, one of East Anglia’s leading mental health experts is encouraging people who are currently not commuting to work to use that time for physical activity – such as cycling, walking or running – to help support good mental health.

Dr John Hague, aged 60, who is mental health lead for NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and a GP in Ipswich, is now enjoying a half-hour bicycle ride each morning in the countryside around his home, which provides him with an invigorating start to the day.

He says: “I really enjoy beginning my day with a short bicycle ride and thoroughly recommend it for starting the day well.

“There is a lot of evidence to support the link between good physical and mental health, meaning that by taking regular exercise it can help us better manage stress and anxiety, sleep better and feel happier.

“I began cycling regularly last year and participated in a charity London to Brighton run, and so it has been great to use this extra time to get pedaling more.

“For many people though this is undoubtedly a very worrying time, and for those people who no longer have to commute, taking some morning exercise could ease those worries and help them better cope during these times of coronavirus.”

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