Movement 

Mobility and exercise are good for your body and great for your soul. Any form of movement can be a powerful tool for coping with stress, anxiety and trauma. Movement can be empowering, distracting, enlightening and comforting. Many people find comfort in participating in a sport, regular exercise or mindful movement. It doesn’t really matter what you love doing, the important thing is be active and involved. 

Once you have fully recovered from your surgery, you will find that you can participate more fully in life and can consider new and old sporting pursuits. 

Some people enjoy hard physical activity - gym workouts, gym classes or team sports which are all great for socialising and taking your mind off problems or worries. You could try rock climbing, abseiling, sailboarding, snow skiing, any manner of “toys” to play with and new skills to learn. Many people find running, cycling, walking or swimming relaxing and feel a release of tension and a heightened state of happiness afterwards. 

The point is to get out of the house, into nature or around other active people have fun and enjoy the surroundings soaking up sounds, smells and sights that are around you.  

Mindful movement includes yoga, Pilates and tai chi, to name just a few. These can be enjoyed singularly, or in a class, inside or in the great outdoors. 

Find a centre, join a club or team near you and find joy through the simple act of participating and being active. 

Our Ambassador Neville Parnell discovered a love of running and challenges after his successful Mitrofanoff surgery. Neville now competes in challenges to raise money for research into urological problems. Read Neville’s story or check our fundraising page for ideas of how you can get active and raise money to support Mitrofanoff Support Australia and others considering the procedure.