No matter your age, gender, ability or fitness level, being physically active will benefit your body in hundreds of ways. To stay healthy, adults should try to be active every day and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of activities. To achieve this you should aim for around 30 minutes of physical activity each day, though this can be split up into as many short bursts as you like.
Getting active: Where do I start?
The first step is always the hardest. This applies whether that ‘step’ is making the decision to be more active, or the actual first step out of the front door.
There are several factors that can affect someone’s ability to be active. This might be because of a hectic work schedule or a long-term health condition.
Active Essex ‘Find your Active’ campaign celebrates the fact that physical activity is inclusive and for all - it’s just about finding what is right for you. See https://www.activeessex.org/find-your-active/
What are the Benefits of Physical Activity?
The benefits of physical activity cannot be overstated. Physical activity is one of the most important tools we have for our health. It’s not just about improving our fitness either. Getting the recommended amount of physical activity each week can help our bodies to fight off diseases and health complications, so it improves our overall health in both the short and long-term.
If you live with a disability or long-term health condition, being physically active may be more of a challenge. But the overall benefits of physical activity remain the same. Being active can also help you manage your condition through increased strength and improved health.
What’s more, being active can have a hugely positive impact on your mental health, providing confidence and self-esteem boosts, and gradually improving mental wellbeing over time.
Top tips for staying active:
• Try and make the activity social – take a walk with a group of friends
• Try and build activity into your daily lives
• Find what works for you and you enjoy doing
• Be kind to yourself