Residents in the borough of Rochdale are being encouraged to build more physical activity into their lives, starting with just 10 minutes of brisk walking per day.
Rochdale Borough Council is supporting the drive to get adults walking briskly for at least 10 continuous minutes every day.
According to Public Health England just 10 minutes of brisk walking can make people feel better, more energetic and improve their mood. Over time it can also help lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
'Turn a 10 minute walk into 10 minutes of good exercise'
To help motivate people to take part Public Health England (PHE) have launched the ‘Active 10’ app as part of the One You campaign, which can be downloaded for free on most smart phones.
The app works by measuring how fast a person is walking at any one time and how briskly users walk throughout the day. It also gives rewards, tips and encouragement on how to fit 10 minute bursts of brisk walking into the day.
The idea is that anyone, regardless of fitness levels, can use the app easily to improve their health and wellbeing, with no gym memberships or Lycra required.
'Walking is a really easy way to improve your health'
Councillor Janet Emsley, Rochdale Borough Council’s cabinet member for culture, health and wellbeing, said: “Walking is a really easy and cost effective way to get more active and improve your own health and wellbeing. All you need is just 10 minutes and you, so whether you are walking the dog or just popping to the shops, by picking up the pace just a little bit you can easily turn a 10 minute walk into 10 minutes of good exercise that can really work wonders for you.”
The One You campaign provides support and motivation to help adults make small changes to improve their health now and double their chances of staying healthy as they get older such as; how to cut down on alcohol, eat healthily, stop smoking and reduce stress.
There is only One You - find out more and download the Active 10 app.