Supporting people with the mental aspects of exercise and physical activity


Most people know exercise is good for them, but actually doing it is less easy.  Made Up to Move offers friendly, affordable psychology services to help people develop a healthy relationship with exercise, physical activity and related health behaviours.  

A healthy relationship with exercise and physical activity 

  • Recognising every movement counts, however small
  • Focusing on personal goals, not comparison with others
  • Exercising for enjoyment, free of pressure 
  • Having a life-long focus, rather than short-term bursts
  • Feeling in control of your exercise, not letting it control you
  • Feeling good about your body and what it can do

If this feels a world away for you right now, don’t worry.  Many people’s relationships with exercise have come from years of avoidance, difficult experiences, or external pressures – which might even go back to your school days.  So it may not be realistic for that to change overnight.    But with the right support and opportunity, I really do believe anyone can enjoy exercise and physical activity. 

Check out the inspiring stories page for examples of people who have found their love for movement.      

Photo by Dave Goudreau on Unsplash

Dr Paula Watson, Director

I'm a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Having worked full-time as a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University since 2012, I recently made the decision to become part-time so I could pursue my passion for helping others lead physically active lives.

My aim is to help people:
- overcome exercise-related barriers
- develop strategies for staying active in the long-term
- feel good about themselves and find enjoyment in physical activity


For individuals

I offer 1-to-1 exercise psychology support via Zoom, "walk and talk" or face-to-face. Please click the link below for further information and prices.

For professionals

I can offer workshops, webinars or consultancy to suit your organisation's needs (for either staff, clients or both). Please get in touch for an informal discussion or to refer clients for 1-to-1 support (referred clients receive 30% discount).

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Made Up to Move Ltd (Company number 12906641) is registered in England and Wales at 300 St Mary’s Road, Garston, Liverpool, Merseyside, England  L19 0NQ