"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental state."
Physical activity is an important component of health and wellbeing. It’s a miracle cure we have always had, but for too long we have neglected to take our recommended dose. Any type of activity is good for you. The more you do the better.
Aim to be physically active every day. Any activity is better than none. The more you do the better, even if it's just light activity.
Do activities that improve strength, balance and flexibility on at least 2 days a week.
Do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity if you are already active, or a combination of both.
Reduce time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity.
If you've fallen or are worried about falling, doing exercises to improve your strength, balance and flexibility will help make you stronger and feel more confident on your feet. Speak to your GP if you have any concerns about exercising.
Individuals who take part in regular physical activity have a lower risk of developing long-term conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, depression and some cancers.
Physical inactivity is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, but we can do something about this, starting today!
Our top tips
Get up every 30 minutes for a short walk or a stretch to increase blood flow, reset posture and reboot the brain.
Take a 20 minute walk at lunchtime to beat the mid-afternoon slump.
Slow progress is better than no progress. Start by adding 250-500 steps to your usual activity, then gradually increase over time.
Make it fun!
Find a buddy to exercise with. Join a fun exercise class, spend time gardening or check our resources for fun activities.
IMPROVES HEART AND LUNG HEALTH
IMPROVES MOOD AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING
INCREASES OUR ABILITY TO PAY ATTENTION
IMPROVES MUSCULAR STRENGTH AND TONE
IMPROVES OUR ABILITY TO REGULATE BLOOD SUGAR
IMPROVES OUR HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL
REDUCES RISK OF FALLS
CONTRIBUTES TO A HEALTHY WEIGHT
BOOSTS ENERGY AND PROMOTES BETTER SLEEP
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