Physical Activity

You can be physically active anywhere and at any time that suits your lifestyle.

Where can I take part in physical activity?

Please click here to see places you may want to visit to be more active or to see what is happening in your local area. You can be physically active anywhere and at any time that suits your lifestyle. It could be in your home, your garden, in the local park, at a local community centre or leisure centre. The best way to ensure that you keep active over the long term is to include activity in your everyday life. This could be around the way you travel, why take the car on a 2 minute journey to the shop, could you not walk instead?

What is physical activity?

Physical activity includes a huge range of exciting and fun activities, from playing competitive sport such as cricket, football and rugby league to active living and travel opportunities such as walking, cycling or household activities.

Why should I be active?

Being physically active is:

  • A great way to have fun and spend time with friends and family.
  • Opportunity to meet new people.
  • It can also help improve your mood and self confidence.
  • Help you feel more energetic.
  • Improve your sleeping.
  • It can reduce the risk of you getting a major chronic disease such as coronary heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

How much physical activity should I do?

  • Adults and older adults should do at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity physical activity a week. A great way to do this is by doing 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on at least five days a week.
  • You don’t have to do 30 minutes in one go. Your half-hour could be made up of 10-minute bursts of activity spread out through the day.
  • Moderate intensity activity is when you feel warmer, your breathing is increased, and your heart rate gets faster. You should also be able to still hold a conversation at this intensity.
  • There are also benefits in doing 75 minutes of Vigorous Intensity a week .
  • It is also recommended that you cut down the amount of time you spend sitting or doing nothing. This may be at work in front of the computer or at home in front of the TV. If this is part of what you do get up and go for a 10 minute walk when at work or watch TV for 30 minutes get up and do some housework or gardening. It is as easy as that!

For some fun ideas around moving more please check out www.nhs.uk/change4life, here there is something for all the family. Activites range from outdoor adventure, to watersports, to martial arts, and any other general sports you can think of, including disability sports and classes.