No matter your age or ability, being active can help improve your health. The heart is a muscle and you need to exercise to make sure it works properly.
Being active can reduce your risk of developing some heart and circulatory diseases by as much as 35%.
Regular physical activity:
- helps control your blood pressure and keep it within healthy levels
- raises your levels of good cholesterol, and reduces bad cholesterol
- can help to control your blood glucose levels, reducing your risk of Type 2 diabetes
- increases the number of calories you burn and helps you maintain a healthy weight.
The amount of activity you should do varies according to your age:
- NHS guidance for exercise for children aged under 5.
- NHS guidance for exercise for young people aged 5-18.
- NHS guidance for exercise for adults aged 19-64.
- NHS guidance for exercise for adults aged 65 and over.
- NHS guide to getting active.
- Walk or cycle to work or school.
- Get off the bus a stop early.
- Park a bit further away from your destination.
Get more support from Active Slough and other organisations.
Goals help motivate you to build more activity into your lifestyle. The Couch to 5K app is a great way to get started and there are lots of other tips for beginners plus fitness apps and trackers available online.
Exercise with friends
Do activities with other people to make them more enjoyable and inspire you to stay active. There are lots of local sports and activities.
Active Slough gives information about where you can get active in the borough.
You can find ways to complete at least 60 minutes physical activity per day in a week.