All of us need to incorporate moving more into everyday life. Whatever your age, whatever your ability, there are lots of easy ways to be active.
Moving is good for your body and mind. Being active can help reduce the risk of long term medical conditions, help us feel better about ourselves and improve our physical and mental wellbeing.
It's recommended that adults aim for 150 minutes of moderate activity across the week. Moderate activity means your heart rate will rise, you may feel sweaty and short of breath but you should be able to hold a conversation.
You can achieve this through a brisk 10 minute walk to work or at lunchtime, vacuuming and cleaning, gardening, dog walking, dancing in front of the TV and climbing the stairs.
Get active with Northamptonshire Sport
Northamptonshire Sport offer a huge range of activities for all those who live and work in Northamptonshire, from gentle walks in the countryside to extreme sports.
Whether it be walking, running, cycling, swimming or classes like yoga, there is something for everyone.
Visit the Northamptonshire Sport website.
Visit a country park
Exploring nature is a great way to keep active. Evidence also suggests that regular access to parks and green spaces helps our mental health and wellbeing.
Find out more about country parks.
Volunteer for a local club or activity group
You might also want to volunteer for local clubs and activities - explore opportunities with Northamptonshire Sport.
Keep active with a disability
Find out more about keeping active if you have a disability via the Activity Alliance on the Northamptonshire Sport website.
Scheme for adults with a health condition
If you are an adult with a health condition, you may be eligible for the Activity on Referral (AOR) Scheme. This is a countywide programme specifically aimed at inactive adults (16 years plus) who are overweight or living with a health condition.
The scheme provides a positive introduction to by providing 3-month concessionary gym membership with a tailored exercise programme allowing you to start on your exercise journey in a safe and supervised environment.
Find out more about the Activity on Referral scheme and ask a health professional at your medical practice whether they can refer you.
To find out about Couch to 5k, Active 10 and other national initiatives, visit the NHS - Get active website.
Last updated 03 October 2022