Dust off your trainers; find those comfy jogging pants and ‘Get ready to get active’ – a fortnight of sharing fitness opportunities for everyone. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be looking at what indoor and outdoor ‘get fit’ opportunities are available in and around Leeds. There’s plenty of choice no matter how energetic or brave you feel – perhaps today is the first day on your road to a healthier you? It could well be if you continue reading…
It’s true. There really is something for everyone in Leeds if you can find the motivation to get active and get fit, but why bother? We know you’ve probably heard some of these facts before, but it may be worth reminding you why today might be the first day of a new and improved you!
Did you know that regular physical activity can:
- add years to your life, but most importantly, it can keep you happy and can really lift your spirits?
- help you maintain strength, flexibility and energy levels, so you can carry on doing the things you enjoy and stay independent for longer?
- help prevent many chronic diseases (e.g., coronary heart disease, obesity), disabling conditions (e.g., osteoporosis, arthritis), and chronic disease risk factors (e.g., high blood pressure, high cholesterol)?
It seems to make sense, but how much of your time do you need to spend on keeping active?
Here’s a quick question; what does 5 episodes of Coronation Street and a fit and healthy you have in common? 2½ hours a week! That’s all it takes. According to guidelines, adults and older adults should do at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity physical activity a week. A great way to do this is by doing 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on at least five days a week. You don’t have to do it all in one go either – your half-hour could be made up of 10-minute bursts of activity spread out through the day.
If this is all sounding like a good idea, and you’re wondering where to go, please click here for the Leeds City Council website where you’ll find what’s going on and where. Over the next two weeks however, we’ll be sharing examples of what’s going on with organisations supported by Adult Social Care. Today, we hear about the great work that’s going on in LS16. Please click here to see what they’re doing to get active and get fit.