Get Healthy, Get Active

The thought of getting fit may seem daunting, but the payoff is well worth it. Increase the amount of exercise you do and get yourself onto the path that leads to the fitter, healthier you! The pressures of work and family life can make it feel like there's little time to exercise, but even if you start with just ten minutes a day, it all counts. There is a lot to gain from exercise and it can make a huge difference to staying healthy, both mentally and physically. Our Get Healthy coaches can also refer you to a free specialist exercise service so that you can really gain all the benefits of being more physically active!

Get Going

Many of us aren't too keen on the idea of exercise. It might be that we’re too busy with work, looking after a family, have other commitments or simply can’t face the thought of it. In fact, most people are not doing enough of the physical activity they need to stay healthy - just 1 in 20 people actually do the right kind of activity they need each week. As our modern lifestyles become more sedentary and we spend more sitting down for hours – maybe at work, watching TV or playing computer games - we can also increase the risk of poor health. Our Get Healthy Coaches can support you to understand how much exercise you currently do and provide simple tips and ideas on ways you can increase it. Our simple online tool can help you to reach your goals and maintain your lifestyle changes. Sign up and Get active today!

How We Can Help

Our Get Healthy Coaches will work with you on a one-to-one basis, setting specific goals that are unique to you and your lifestyle. You will be able to work with them over six appointments held in our many community venues; you get to choose when, where and what time. Your Get Healthy Coach will provide you with simple and understandable advice to make small changes that deliver big results. There is an endless list of benefits to increasing your physical activity, not only just to your health.

How much should I do?

It is recommended that you take part in 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. By moderate we mean the type of exercise that makes you feel warmer, breather harder and makes your heart beat faster. Don't think you have to do this all in one go; it is important you build your activity levels up gradually, especially if you are not used to being active. Just start with 10 minutes a day, it all counts!

Changing Your Habits

The easiest way to be more active is to build it into your everyday life - you don't need to dress up in lycra and sweatbands to get active! The first step is to change a few of your daily habits. Could you let something go? For example, could you watch TV whilst standing up and doing the ironing rather than sitting down on the sofa? You could also simply try taking the stairs rather than the lift at work, taking the dog for a longer walk, going out during your lunch break to get some fresh air or walking short journeys that you would normally do in the car like going to the shops or visiting friends. All of these small changes will make a big difference!

Health Benefits

The health benefits of increasing your physical activity levels will make an immediate impact on your health. Being more active can help improve your quality of life. It will change how you feel both mentally and physically! Other benefits include having more energy, feeling more relaxed, having a healthier body shape, getting a better nights sleep and having an improved level of concentration.

For older adults who have had, or are at risk of having a fall there are group exercise classes to introduce balance, strength and confidence. There is scientific evidence that particular exercises can help to prevent falls to help you feel more confident when out and about.

Generally for over 65s, but others may be considered, classes are delivered by specialist trained Postural Stability Instructors. All exercises can be adapted to each individual so that no exercise is too easy or too difficult for anyone including seated versions. Carers are welcome to attend and assist if necessary. 

What is Stopping You?

"I'm too tired" - Once you start being more active, you will have more energy in the long term.

"I'll feel lonely" - Talk to family & friends and get active together.

"I do not have time" - Make sure you set aside time in your diary so it becomes a part of your routine.

"I never liked sport or PE" - Being active doesn't need to involve sport. Simply walking to and from the shops is a great way to be active.

"It is expensive" - being active does not mean you have to join a gym.

"I am embarrassed" - Find a form of exercise you enjoy.

"I work funny hours" - Try building activity into your daily routine, could you walk more briskly to work?

"There is nothing where I live" - Your Get Healthy Coach can signpost you to plenty of local exercise groups or schemes.

Enjoy It!

One of the most important things about increasing your physical activity is to make sure you enjoy it. We are all more likely to do something and stick to it, especially it we enjoy it. Our Get Healthy Coaches will support you to find something that you enjoy and help you to make time so that you can make it a healthy long term habit to get into.

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