23 and ½ hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?
How much physical activity should we do to stay healthy?
Physical activity is good for us. It helps fight disease, it helps control our weight, it lowers our stress levels, it helps boost our confidence and self esteem. Taking part in regular physical activity means we’re better able to get on with our daily lives, carrying the shopping, doing the gardening, doing the housework, or playing with the kids or grandkids.
There are many ways busy mums and dads, families, young people, office workers and older adults can build physical activity into their lives. Being physically active is easier than you think, especially if you make activity part of your daily routine.
Getting more active doesn’t need to be scary and doing some physical activity really does make you feel good.
Running is a great, fun, free, way to get fit and lose weight. Click on the following link to find out all you need to know to get started. Couch to 5K is a running plan for beginners.
Instructor led classes
If you prefer to follow an instructor led class; Click here for 20 individual workouts in aerobics, strength and resistance, pilates and yoga categories. No timetables: exercise from the comfort of your own home whenever you want.
Physical Activity for Children and Young People (5-18 yrs)
According to the UK physical activity guidelines released by the Chief Medical Officers in 2011, children should:-
- engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day
- incorporate vigorous intensity activity, including those that strengthen muscle and bone on at least three days a week
- minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.