Getting active is one of the best ways that you can improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Whatever your starting point or current activity levels, Live Life Better Derbyshire has plenty of ideas and advice to help you get started.
Physical activity is not just about structured exercise classes and working up a sweat in the gym though. It’s the everyday activities such as housework, walking to work, gardening and dancing to the radio in your kitchen.
Different things work for different people so it’s important to find something that fits into your routine but is also realistic and manageable for you.
This might be exercise classes, going for a swim or getting on your bike. Alternatively, it might be something simple like going for a weekend walk or getting off the bus one stop earlier.
There’s lot of evidence that shows the benefits of physical activity in terms of both treating and preventing diseases.
Find out more about the health benefits of getting active.
Recommended amounts of exercise
It can be quite confusing to figure out exactly how much exercise is enough exercise.
However the good news is that even a small increase in the amount of exercise you do can have positive effects - every little helps.
As a guide physical activity needs to be of at least moderate intensity to benefit your health.
Someone doing moderate intensity activity will usually see an increase in their breathing and heart rate, will feel warmer and may sweat on hot or humid days.
In contrast someone doing vigorous physical activity will usually be breathing very hard, be short of breath, have a rapid heartbeat and be unable to carry on a conversation.
Physical activity and weight loss
Unless you only have a few pounds to lose it can be hard to lose weight through exercise alone.
Weight loss is all about burning more calories than you take in and it’s easier to shave off 500 calories a day by cutting back on fatty foods in your diet than it is to exercise it off.
In fact the average person would need to run about five miles to burn off those 500 calories.
However regular exercise combined with a healthy diet gives you the best chance of losing weight and keeping it off.
- Find out more about weight management and how Live Life Better Derbyshire can help on our weight loss pages.
- Find out about services and organisations that can help you increase your physical activity on our useful tools page.