There are lots of reasons to be more active. Moving more is good for your body and mind, helps stop you getting serious health problems and it can help you sleep better.
Just a few small changes can make a big difference to your life and how you feel.
For Your Body - Being active has lots of benefits for your body. As well as lowering your risk of developing serious health problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, being active helps keep your heart healthy, keeps your muscles, bones and joints strong and can help improve your balance.
For Your Mind - If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, being active every day can help to ease the symptoms. Physical activity can also help with stress. Although it won't make your stress disappear, it can help clear your thoughts so you can deal with any problems more calmly.
Enjoy Life Now and Tomorrow - Being active slows the natural breakdown of your bones and muscles, and helps you maintain a healthy weight and good circulation. It also helps maintain your brain. Being active helps keep you healthy and prevents health conditions that can hold you back – so you can make the most of every day now and in the future.
It's easy to move more and doing something is better than nothing. Start small and build up gradually – just 10 minutes at a time can be really good for you.
Make a start today. It's never too late.
Move More - Find a way of being active that you enjoy and you're more likely to keep it up. Get your heart beating faster and your lungs working harder for at least 10 minutes at a time. Try going for a brisk walk in the park or a bike ride, or even dancing to the radio.
Sit Less - Find ways to be more active each day. Start with reducing the amount of time you spend sitting down – get up, stretch your legs more often and do more steps each day. Take the stairs whenever you can and go on a brisk walk to the shops instead of driving.
For more information on getting more active and local opportunities visit our Activity Directory - Zing Somerset
To stay healthy or to improve health, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.
How much physical activity you need to do each week depends on your age. Click on the links below for the recommendations for other age groups:
Guidelines for adults aged 19-64
To stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do:
For examples of what activity this should be click here
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Taking up running can seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or unfit.
But, did you know that regular running can help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, boost your mood and keep your weight under control?
The Couch to 5K plan is designed to get you off the couch and gradually work you up to running 5K or half an hour, in just nine weeks.
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These days, 'modern life' can mean that we're a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, we don't move about as much, or eat as well as we used to.
Many of us aren't too keen on the idea of exercise. It might be that we're too busy or we simply can't face the thought of it. But most people are not getting the amount of activity they need to stay healthy. Only 1 in 20 people are actually doing the right kind of activity they need each week. And sitting down for hours - maybe at work, watching TV or playing computer games - can also increase the risk of poor health.
Building activity into your day keeps your heart healthy, reduces your risk of serious illness and strengthens muscles and bones. It can also be a great way of reducing your stress levels and lifting your mood if you're feeling down.
Adults needs to be active for at least 150 minutes each week
Kids aged five to 16 need to be active for at least 60 minutes each day
Kids under five need three hours of activity a day.
Change 4 life have a number of apps they have created which use fun ideas for subtle changes in lifestyle.
Some of these are...
-Couch to 5K
-Be Food Smart