During these colder months it’s harder for people to keep motivated and stay active. For optimal health and wellbeing it’s important for individuals to incorporate physical activity in their everyday lives.
The Department of health has a number of physical activity guidelines for people of all ages, a link to their website can be found below.
Guidelines for all adults aged 18 – 64 years, irrespective of cultural background, gender or ability include:
- Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.
- Be active on most, preferably all, days every week.
- Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (2 ½ to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week.
- Do muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week.
Motivation is a key goal to staying active. Whether it be to loose weight, improve skills, beat a personal record, complete a charity fun run or just feel healthier in general, we recommend setting yourself a goal.