Get More Active

Being active - what’s in it for me?

Increasing your physical activity levels gives you immediate health benefits. Being more active can help improve your quality of life, changing how you feel both mentally and physically, giving you more energy, helping you relax, and improving concentration.

The thought of getting fit may seem daunting, but the payoff is well worth it. Our Live Well Stay Well Coaches can support you through the process and signpost you to suitable physical activity opportunities so that you can really gain all the benefits of being more physically active!

How much and what type?

It is recommended that in a week you take part in 150 minutes (that’s 2.5 hours) of exercise that makes you feel warmer, breathe harder and makes your heart beat faster. But you don't have to do this all in one go – it's important you build your activity levels up gradually, especially if you are not used to being active. A good target is 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. You can even start with 10 minutes a day, it all counts!

To stay healthy or to improve health, you need to do a mixture of both aerobic and strength exercises. Aerobic might be cycling or walking, and strength exercises include using weights.

To get started it helps to build something around your everyday life - you don't need to wear lycra to get active! The first step is to change a few of your daily habits, such as standing up to do the ironing, or taking the stairs rather than the lift. Even small changes can make a big difference.

As you get older it’s also really important to undertake strength and balance activity such as tai chi, gardening, dance and bowls.

Our Live Well Stay Well Coaches can work with you on a one-to-one basis, setting specific goals that are unique to you and your lifestyle.  They will provide you with simple advice to make small changes that deliver big results, and help you find out what else is going on in your local area. 

Next Steps

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