For many people, the thought of starting to become physically active can be overwhelming. It can be perceived as being difficult, painful, largely gym-based, with only demanding regimes producing real benefits. These are misguided assumptions. The advice should be more about incorporating physical activity into everyday life, and including where possible activities enjoyable.
Building activity into your everyday life can be simple and fun.The recommended target of activity per week to maintain for good health is 150minutes of moderate activity per week. Aim to be as active as often as you can. Any amount of physical activity is better than none at all.
Find an Activity or Sport Club near you!
Top tips for a more active life!
- Find an activity you enjoy and make it fun so you look forward to doing it.
- Get together with a partner or a group so you can share the experience and motivate each other.
- Set yourself some exercise goals – it's a great way to keep focussed.
- Develop a passion for trying new things and different sports – that way you will never get bored.
- Don't overlook the simple things – walk to the bus stop or take the stairs instead of the lift.
- Download an activity tracker app – walking is fabulous, easy exercise and an activity tracker lets you see just how much you can achieve in a day.
- Plan your exercise routine so you make sure you build it into everyday life.
- Be realistic and don't try to do too much too soon.
- Stick with it and don't give up. Remember all the health benefits of leading an active lifestyle.
Why not give one of our programmes a go!
- Jog Northants - provides fun, friendly, supportive and inclusive jogging groups for everyone, whatever your ability. We believe running / jogging is more fun and easier to become part of your lifestyle when shared with others.
- Satellite Clubs - provides opportunities for 14-19 year olds to become active in local sessions aimed directly at that age group. They also provide funding for anyone looking to provide opportunities for 14-19 year olds to get active.
- Health Walks - are part of the national Walking for Health programme and have been developed to be accessible to people who have done little or no exercise before, or who need more support to stay active.
- Get up and Go - activity sessions which provide strength and balance classes for Older People.
- Walking Sports - are on the increase and provide a perfect introduction to a more active lifestyle for adults who enjoy competitive team sports without the high impact or strenuous level of activity that standard versions of the same games require.
- A-Z of Sports - find out the latest information on sports, including National Governing Bodies of Sport information and related links.
... or one of these activities
- Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment and there are are lots of places to ride in Northants visit Cycling Northants for more information.
- Swimming is a great way to keep active and will provide a full body workout. Plus, exercising in water makes your body work harder so 30 minutes in a pool is worth 45 minutes of the same activity on land. Swimming regularly can also help with mental wellbeing by lower stress levels, reducing anxiety and depression, and improving your sleep patternsVisit Poolfinder to find your local pool. Visit Just Swim to find out how to get started and keep motivated using their Just Swim App. If you can't swim head over to our Learning to Swim section so you don't miss out.
- Ping! is on a mission to make ping pong accessible to everyone! You can find a range of ping pong tables in unexpected places across Northants. You will find them in shopping centres, in parks and open spaces and various community centres and buildings.