Being active is really good for your body, mind and health. If you don’t do enough exercise, you increase your risk of getting heart disease and some types of cancer. Getting some exercise each day can also help prevent depression and dementia.
It's recommended that you do at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise a week - something that makes your heart rate go up. This doesn’t need to mean joining a gym though as there are lots of easy ways to move more and many can be worked into activities that you're doing every day anyway, like getting to work. Doing something is better than nothing. Start small and build up gradually
- The health and fitness page on NHS Choices provides guidelines on how much exercise you should do as well as offering lots of great ideas for being active
- Visit our getting active page for information on different types of activity you can get involved in around the City. You might be able to get a leisure card which entitles you to discounts at some facilities.
- If you feel you need 1-2-1 support, or have other issues that are affecting you getting fitter then the Wellbeing Service can help. They offer support at venues across the City and it's a free service. Email email@example.com or call 023 9229 4001. Your GP can also refer you.