The Benefits of Being Active

 

Being active has lots of benefits for your body. As well as lowering your risk of developing serious health problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, being active helps keep your heart healthy, keeps your muscles, bones and joints strong and can help improve your balance as well as being a great way to socialize and meet new people.

If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, being active every day can help to ease the symptoms. Physical activity can also help with stress. Although it won’t make your stress disappear, it can help clear your thoughts so you can deal with any problems more calmly.

Adults should aim for 30 minutes per day. Children should aim to be active for at least 60 minutes per day.

Staying Active from home

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Sitting Exercises

 

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Strength Exercises

 

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      A Case Study: The London Marathon

Going the Distance for the London Marathon

This year, the official London Marathon is scheduled for October 3 with a record 50,000 participants expected to race. Inspired?

Meet Mary who is currently training incredibly hard and is following a structured Marathon plan which sees her weekly mileage now around 35km/22m and even recently completed the London Vitality Virtual 10k before starting her day at work!

We hope you take inspiration from Mary’s journey and start to realise Anything Is Possible!

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Three ways to move more

Walking

One You Plymouth, in partnership with Walking For Health,  organize a number of walks across the city which are free to attend and cater for all ages and abilities.

Running

With Run Together, whether you’re contemplating lacing up your trainers for your first run or looking for a new route to try, you’ll find Plymouth-based groups and routes to help you on your journey.

Cycling

Let’s Ride organise everything from huge traffic-free bike rides through major towns and cities, to small local rides which are great for families and beginners.

Get in touch to move more

We have a number of appointments across the city, running 6 days a week including Saturday and Wednesday evening, that you can attend to see one of our practitioners who can help you to start Moving More.

Three tools to help you move more

Active 10 app

Active 10 tracks your walking and shows you when to increase your pace to benefit your health.The app is designed to quickly and simply help you do more brisk walking in bursts of ten minutes, known as Active 10s. It tracks all your walking and rewards your progress.

Available on iOS and Android devices.

Couch to 5K app

It’s time to get off the couch and start running with the One You Couch to 5K app. Presented in association with BBC Get Inspired, the app builds you up gradually with a mix of running and walking from couch potato, to 5k hero in just 9 weeks.

Available on iOS and Android devices.

Walking For Health

Walking for Health offers advice and support for anyone who would like to get back in to walking or would like to take the first steps to joining a walking group

Featured case study

The 5th October saw the final day of the Plymouth Active 10 Walking Challenge.

It has been a great success with over 30 teams signed up and between us we walked an incredible 11,427 miles! There are lots of prizes and workplace certificates to give out for the winners and individuals that took part in the 4 week challenge.