Move well

Physical activity is essential for our health and well-being - both physical and mental.

We're advised to spend at least 150 minutes per week participating in moderately intense activities. You'll know you've hit moderate intensity when the activity makes you breathe slightly harder and you feel that bit warmer than normal but can still talk.

Benefits of being physically active

  • better health and fitness
  • more energy
  • feel less stressed
  • better balance, strength, suppleness and mobility
  • improved sleep
  • help maintain a healthy weight
  • social interaction
  • a sense of achievement
  • lots of fun!
  • Get active
    There are lots of different active opportunities available in the gym, in the pool and in the great outdoors.
  • Active travel
    Active travel is a great way to fit activity into your day, whether walking running, cycling and so on.
  • Walking
    Walking is one of the most natural, and effective forms of exercise. It is good for your health, good for the environment and it is free and easy!

Fitting it in

It isn’t always easy to find the time and energy to fit activity into busy lives. Sedentary lifestyles can make it even more difficult. However, we can choose to build activity into our day. It doesn’t have to require any real skill, specialist equipment or memberships - even trainers are optional!

  • When can you move well instead of sitting well?
  • How much of your journey to and from work or lectures could be walked or cycled?
  • When catching up with friends could you walk and talk instead of sitting and swopping?
  • How about breaking the lift habit and taking the stairs?

Your minutes can be broken down into 15 or even ten minute blocks so you really can inject bursts of activity into your day and feel energised and ready for work or study.

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