Slough Wellbeing Board has launched a new initiative for 2018 called #BeRealistic.
The aim of the campaign is to improve the health and wellbeing of Slough residents by encouraging small positive changes in lifestyle, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
#BeRealistic- small changes to a healthier you
It's that time of the year when, after over indulging a bit, we are all thinking about getting some healthier habits. With the right support and motivation you can make small positive lifestyle changes to improve your health right away.
Small, simple and gradual changes now will have a positive effect on your present and future wellbeing.
Here are our two simple suggestions.
1. Just 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking every day can benefit your health, improve the way you feel plus it's free and easy to do. Or you could even take up running – get moving with the couch to 5k app.
- Goal: Download the Active10 app today to track your physical activity and set goals. See how many brisk 10 minute walks you're doing and how to fit more into your day.
- Alternative Goal : Download the Couch to 5K app. This can get you off the couch and running in just nine weeks. Grab your trainers, download the app and follow the step-by-step instructions
2. Eat foods that are healthier for you. Start swapping foods high in fat, sugar and salt for healthier tasty alternatives. Choose snacks with more greens and ambers on the label, and cut down on snacks that show any reds.
- Goal : Download the Easy Meals app. You'll find delicious, easy meal ideas to help get you going if you're ever short of inspiration. Visit the ‘One You’ website for more hints and tips on healthy eating.
What amount of physical activity should I be doing?
Build up slowly and remember; moving more every day is better than sitting more! #BeRealistic
- Children under five years old - spend 180 minutes (3 hours) a day being active; reduce time spent being inactive.
- Children and young people (5-18) - spend 60 minutes (one hour) a day being active.
- Adults (19-64) - spend 150 minutes (2.5 hours) a week being active, with strength exercise on two or more days.
- Adults aged over 65 - where fit with no health conditions limiting mobility, spend 150 minutes (2.5 hours) a week being active, with strength exercise on two or more days.
What activities could you do locally?
- Get involved...this could include running through a local beginner running group, or simply following the NHS Couch to 5k programme with the app. Start with small steps and build up #BeRealistic
- Take part...in an ‘Active Slough’ session. Opportunities for all ages and all abilities across Slough. The majority of which are free or low cost.
- Make a change…to your behaviour. Join a free local “Eat4Health” programme to see how you could lose weight and become healthier on a daily basis.
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