Staying active helps us to keep healthy in body and mind. A small change can actually make a big difference. Adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of ten minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least five days a week.
The good news is that everything counts towards your weekly activity .. everything that makes you breathe a little harder, but not to the extent that you can't speak:
- Walking between floors at work
- Cycling to work
- Playing with the children
- Going shopping
- Taking the kids to school
- Housework and gardening.
Each day, all your activities count towards your overall exercise total whether you are active for 10 minutes here and there, or for a block of 30 minutes.
Our local Wellbeing services now have Physical Activity Coordinators available to help people return to fitness or activity by finding new activities and setting goals. If you would like to find out more about getting more active with the support of a Physical Activity Coordinator, contact your local Wellbeing service.
West Sussex County Council provides lots of helpful information on local walking and cycling routes, safer routes to school, sustainable travel options and local public transport.
If your keen to get active but don't want to do it on your own, why don't think about joining a local group or club. For example, British Cycling can help you find a social cycling group in your area or a local cycling buddy or keep fit groups and classes can be social groups too.
One of the benefits of getting more active is that it can help you to maintain a healthy weight. If you feel that you need to lose weight there is plenty of help and support available. Take a look at this information about local weight management services.
For more ideas about how to get active, visit the NHS Choices website.