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. There are activities and groups for all ages with exercises suited to your own physical ability, search our directory for local exercise groups in your area.
- - Adults need to be active for at least 150 minutes each week
- - Kids aged 5 to 16 need to be active for at least 60 minutes each day
- - Kids under five need three hours of activity a day
It can seem hard to fit activity into a busy schedule. Working and looking after the rest of the family and the home can mean there isn’t much free time. And sometimes activity can seem expensive too - but it doesn't have to be.
Top 10 Tips for Moving More
- Split activity up throughout the day - You can achieve your target in bouts of 10 minutes or more.
- Walk more - to school/work, to visit friends, to the shops, or other places in your neighbourhood.
- Park further away - If you need to drive, try to park further away from your destination and walk the rest of the way.
- Play - Children love to play – it’s a great way to get them up and about, having fun and staying healthy. Playing together is a great way to be active as a family. Visit Change4life for some fun family physical activity ideas.
- Take the stairs - Take the stairs instead of the lift, or get out of the lift a few floors early and use the stairs.
- Mix it up - Try to find different walks, and alternate between them during the week. Gradually build up to walking 10,000 steps a day.
- Go green - Heavy gardening - including pushing, bending, squatting, carrying, digging and shovelling - can provide a good workout.
- Take up an active hobby - Being active is all about having fun. If we don’t enjoy it, we won’t keep it up. We all deserve to spend some time doing something we enjoy. Try searching the directory for things to do in your area
- Do it your way - Activity can be fun and social if you try new ways of being active with friends and family. But it can also be a great way of having time to yourself if you have a busy home or work life. Try a 15-minute walk after dinner – it can be a great opportunity to clear your head.
- Get Technical - Use an app on your phone, visit the Get Active Apps page for ideas.
For lots of information and useful tips visit NHS Choices website.
Move More Doncaster
If you are looking for support to get more active and are aged over 50 then the Move More Doncaster service can help. This provides you with access to qualified and experienced staff who will be able to advise and support you in becoming more active. The sessions are free for the first 3 months and there is a wide range of activities and locations available.
If you would like further information or to get in touch for an appointment visit www.movemoredoncaster.nhs.uk or ring 0800 016 9187.
Let's Get Active
Let's Get Active is a series of physical activity and sports activities for residents age 25+, from the areas of Askern, Hexthorpe and Wheatley/Clay Lane.
Activities include walking, running, pilates, yoga, kayaking, keep fit, chair-based exercise and dancing. For more information and to see a timetable of activities click here.