Why move?

What is being active and moving?

When we think about being active and moving, it is all too easy to assume it has to be something big like going to a gym or running a marathon. But it doesn't have to be those things. Whilst those things are great for some people, being active and moving more means different things to different people.

The important thing is that being active and moving is right for you and is something that you can enjoy and that fits into your daily life.

Even little changes to your daily routines can have a big impact on you and the people around you such as walking more for short journeys instead of using the car or public transport.

Many people find incorporating exercise into their commute to work or into their lunch break makes being active part of their day rather than an extra chore they need to find time for.

Tips for getting started

Its important to remeber

    • you're never too young or old to start enjoying the benefits of being more active
    • a good way to think about building up your active minutes is some is good, but more is better
    • every active minute counts
    • as little as 10 minutes of moderate physical activity at a time provides physical and mental health benefits

Additional informaiton

The guidelines above are for adults aged 19 and over.  There are different guidelines for children under 5, those aged 5-18 years old, adults with disabilities, pregnant women and for women for have recently given birth. 

Benefits of being active

Physical benefits

    • 35% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease 
    • 40% less likely to develop Type Two Diabetes
    • 20% less likely to develop cancer (breast and colon)
    • 25% less likely to develop joint and back pain 
    • Your muscles and heart will become stronger.

Using the stairs instead of taking the lift, carrying heavy shopping bags and sitting down less can all help you improve how you feel. Find out more information about the health benefits of being active.

Benefits of being active

Common benefits include:

    • Sleeping better.
    • Improving your mental wellbeing.
    • Managing stress and anxiety.
    • Improving your quality of life. 
    • You can reduce the likelihood of getting depression by 30% and dementia by 30% if you’re are physically active on a regular basis. 
    • Combined with healthy eating, physical activity can significantly help you maintain a healthy weight.