Leading an active lifestyle is good for your body, mind, and health, and there are lots of easy ways to get moving. Adults who can make physical activity part of their daily routines are healthier and less likely to develop chronic conditions, such as Type 2 Diabetes, in later life. Being active can help our mental health too, by making us feel happier, improving our sleep, and reducing stress and anxiety.
There are lots of ways to be active, and it's important to find an activity that works for you and your lifestyle.
To stay healthy and improve health, adults should aim to be active for 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week. Moderate intensity means your heart rate increases, but you can still hold a conversation. Aim for strength and balance exercise on 2 days a week.
The biggest improvements to our health are made when we go from doing nothing to doing a little bit of activity. Being active can help to:
- Improve your mood
- Reduce stress
- Improve quality of life
- Build new friendships!
However you choose to be active, try building movement into your day by doing things like taking the stairs and walking more where you can. Remember that every minute counts and some is good, but more is even better!
Or why not try something new, like swimming, cycling, Pilates, or using a free app. You can find plenty of inspiration local to you on our Get Active Activity Search Engine or via your local council's Physical Activity & Health Team.
Disability and Inclusive Sport & Activity
To improve your health, try to put some time aside to do activities that improve your heart health and your muscle strength.
Aim for 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week. Moderate intensity means your heart rate increases, but you can still hold a conversation. Aim for strength and balance exercise on 2 days a week.
Start with bitesize chunks, and when starting out ask yourself 'Can I do this today?', 'How do I feel?'.
When it comes to exercise, disabled people have pretty much the same options – everything from simply getting out a bit more to playing team sports. Within your community, there are opportunities to access including local clubs and groups to try a range of different sports and activities.