There are lots of benefits from taking part in regular physical activity, which is why adults are recommended to do some type of activity every day.
Adults should aim to achieve 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week. It’s important to include:
- Strengthening activities that work all the major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms) on at least 2 days a week
- Spread exercise evenly over 4 to 5 days, or every day
It’s also important to reduce time sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity.
Being active can help with improved sleep, maintaining a healthy weight and in managing stress. There are lots of resources out there to help you if you are ready to start your fitness journey or would like ideas for new ways to move more.
There are lots of great videos that support you to get active in the comfort of your own home or garden. These video are also great to follow if you are popping to the gym too:
NHS Fitness videos
After a day sitting in the office we love these instructor-led videos that support flexibility and overall fitness.
If you're keen to increase your daily step count by walking or running, there are lots of apps to help you to track your progress and keep you motivated! Two of our favourite from Better Health Get Active, include Couch to 5K and Active 10
Group Work outs
If you like to be part of a class or head to the gym, there is lots happening locally here in Newham. Check out Newham Activity for a list of Free classes
Being active is good for your body and your mind. Being more active every day can boost your energy, lift your mood and make everyday activities easier. Search NHS Better Health Get Active for ideas to get started.
Better Health also have a number of introductory offers for a range of leisure centres and online classes. Find out more here!