Exercise isn't just for fitness fanatics or sporty types. Taking regular exercise and keeping active can benefit people of all ages and fitness levels. It can benefit you.
What you can do to be active
Here are some of the many ways you can get active in the borough:
Turn a 10 minute walk into 10 minutes of exercise
A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”. Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping.
Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more. It’s the easy way to improve your health and wellbeing. No gym memberships, no Lycra. Just 10 minutes and you!
The FREE Active 10 app takes away the guesswork. It shows how much brisk walking you’re doing and how you can do more. It's easy to use and helps you set your goals for the day.
Exercise - why bother?
Research shows that exercise can improve your health, confidence and quality of life. It is a great stress buster, can help keep the weight off and it lowers your risk of developing major chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
Physical activity can also boost mental wellbeing and change your outlook on life. It can help people with anxiety and depression and might even prevent such problems from developing in the first place.
The benefits of physical activity include:
- Better health
- More energy
- Reduced stress
- Stronger bones and muscles
- Better balance, strength, suppleness and mobility
- Improved sleep
- Improved body shape
- Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight
- More social opportunities
- A sense of achievement
- More independence in later life
At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, 5 or more days a week is all it takes for you to reap the health benefits. Children and young people need to be active for at least an hour every day, for example through active play, sport or walking to and from school. If you find it difficult to fit exercise into your busy day, a brisk walk, jog or even energetic cleaning are simple ways you can make up your 30 minutes.
You can also make exercise a social activity and a way of meeting others, catching up with friends or spending time with your family.