Getting More Active

What are the benefits of being more active?

Being more physically active can bring about a number of benefits for your mind and body. By being more active, you will have more energy, improve the quality of your sleep, be able to concentrate for longer, feel more relaxed and reduce the chances of developing a long term health condition such as heart disease. 

Although the thought of getting fit may seem daunting at the beginning, the results are well worth it. Your Get Healthy Coach will be able to recommend a range of tools, activities and services that can help you to become more active. They will also be able to support you through making small changes that will all add up to a long term increase in the amount of activity that you complete each week.

How much activity and what type do I need to do?

Ideally, we need to complete a minimum of 2.5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity each week. A good way to judge if the activity you're doing is intensive enough is that when you're being active, you can still talk, but can't sing.

You don't need to worry about doing those 2.5 hours in one go - you can break down your activity into 10 minute sessions so that they fit around your lifestyle. A good initial target is to try and complete 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times a week. To really make a difference to your health, you need to do a combination of aerobic activity such as walking, jogging or cycling and strength exercises such as lifting and carrying. Don't worry, you don't have to get dressed up in lycra to be active. You can make small changes such as getting off the bus a stop earlier and walking a little further than usual to work - it all adds up. 

Our top tips

  • Try to reach 150 minutes of physical activity per week; housework counts!
  • Can you walk to work or walk in your lunch break? 
  • Do 10 minute bursts of activity if you are finding it hard to fit exercise in.
  • Exercise on the same day & at the same time each week
  • Arrange to do something active with a friend

 

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