Information on Physical Activity

Where can I take part in physical activity?  

For a list of places you may want to visit to be more active or to see what is happening in your local area click here

You can be physically active anywhere and at any time that suits your lifestyle. It could be in your home, your garden, in the local park, at a local community centre or leisure centre. The best way to ensure that you keep active over the long term is to include activity in your everyday life.  This could be around the way you travel, why take the car on a 2 minute journey to the shop, could you not walk instead?

To get involved and keep involved you could take up activity as part of a leisure pursuit or hobby, such as gardening, or do a more social activity such as dancing or joining a local walking group. Don’t forget being active is not just about going to the gym or playing sport! You can walk and garden too!

Walking is one of the best ways to get your dose of healthy activity . Walking is easy, you can do it anywhere, either alone or with friends. Why not download the Active10 app to help you get active and get walking. There also plenty of other resources to help you get active and get health on the dopwnload sectrion on the right hand side.

 

 

Leeds lets get active

 

 

 

 

 

Leeds Let’s Get Active makes being active easier and cheaper. There are at least 150 activities each week. Leeds let’s get active offers the first steps for those wanting to become more active and make a significant change to their lives. Across the Leeds city council leisure centre there are gym (14+) and swim sessions at your local leisure centres and other Community Activities in your local area! (see the downloads box on the right).

At every leisure centre in Leeds there is at least one hour of activity a day, if a leisure centre isn’t really your thing, Leeds Let’s Get Active is also bringing fun and new activities like beginners boot camps, health walks, and Zumba to your local area making use of parks in your community. 

All you need to do is register on the website www.leedsletsgetactive.co.uk, answer a few questions and fill in some basic details – you can then log into your own personal page which will help you find your local activities, log how you’re doing and keep motivated.

 

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 What is physical activity?

Physical activity is anything that gets you moving, it's not just about playing sport such as cricket, football and rugby.  It can be simple things such as walking, cycling, gardening or vacuuming the floor.

Whatever your age, size or physical condition you will benefit from being more active.   

 Just remember, even a little effort can make a difference!

 Check out the 'Get Active Stay Active' download produced by the British Heart Foundation which contains all the information, practical tips and questions and answers you'll need to understand more about physical activity and how you can be active.

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Why I should be Active?

 Being physically active is

  • A great way to have fun and spend time with friends and family.
  • Opportunity to meet new people.  
  • It can also help improve your mood and self confidence.
  • Help you feel more energetic.
  • Improve your sleeping.
  • It can reduce the risk of you getting a major chronic disease such as coronary heart disease,  diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Helps you maintain a healthy.

Not sure whether you should be doing exercises due to a heart condition. Check out the 'Physical Activity and Your Heart' download which contains lots of useful information about physical activity for people who have heart conditions.  

As you get older it is especially important to stay active to keep fit and healthy. For more advice check out the 'Be Active for Life' download on the right of this screen!

 

How much physical activity should I do? 

 

  • Start off slowly and aim to do about 10 minutes and build up from there.
  • You don't have to do 30 minutes in one go. Your half-hour could be made up of 10-minute bursts of activity spread out through the day.  
  • Moderate intensity activity is when you feel warmer, your breathing is increased, and your heart rate gets faster. You should also be able to still hold a conversation at this intensity.  
  • There are also benefits in doing 75 minutes of Vigorous Intensity a week, but again this is something you may need to build up towards . 
  • It is also recommended that you cut down the amount of time you spend sitting or doing nothing.  This may be at work in front of the computer or at home in front of the TV.  If this is part of what you do get up and go for a 10 minute walk when at work or watch TV for 30 minutes get up and do some housework or gardening.  It is as easy as that!    

Walk4life

Looking for walks in your local area? Just enter your postcode or place name into this WalkFinder Widget to find your nearest health walks.Change4Life

For some fun ideas around moving more please check out www.nhs.uk/change4life, here there is something for all the family. Activites range from outdoor adventure, to watersports, to martial arts, and any other general sports you can think of, including disability sports and classes.