We all know being active is good for us yet most people are not doing the amount of activity they need to stay healthy.
An increasingly sedentary lifestyle is putting many of us at risk of poor health and recently, a Lancet study has suggested that inactivity is now causing as many deaths as smoking. Did you also know that being more active can make you feel better by lifting your mood, reducing stress and giving you more energy (yes, really!!). Add to this social benefits, a sense of achievement, learning new skills and having fun and you may start to wonder why we are not all doing lots of activity, but of course it is not that easy.
For many of us the thought of exercise is not that appealing, and the idea of getting hot and sweaty is the last thing you feel like doing at the end of a hard day's work. And with our busy lives, it is hard to find time to fit in any activity, even if you wanted to.
So, how do we build activity into our daily lives without it becoming a chore?
Well, the good news is that there are ways and means, and even the smallest of steps can bring about some of the benefits mentioned above. The weekly recommended amount of activity is 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, but this can be done in small 10 minute blocks. Click here to read the full recommendations:
Change4Life is a fantastic website which offers loads of ideas on how to get you, your friends and family up and active. Check out the Games4Life section where you can get a free personalised activity plan.
Have you thought about walking or cycling to work? This is a great way to stay active on a work day, if you can do it. Even if you don't live near enough to work to do this, there are ways to be more active on your journey to work.
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Played sport at school or in the past but think those days are long behind you, well think again! WYSport work with our national governing body partners to develop the REACTIVATE programme which is designed to re-introduce people to sport in a more relaxed, informal, social environment. Click here to find out more: