Physical inactivity has been described as the ‘silent killer of our time’. A lack of physical activity is one of the biggest causes of death and illnesses including coronary heart disease, obesity, diabetes, hypertension and many bone and joint problems.
People who are active are more likely to live longer, enjoy healthier lifestyles and remain independent.
It is recommended that everyone should be doing at least 150 minutes of moderate level activity per week. This can be broken down into short timeframes.
The activity should ideally be a mixture of low to medium intensity exercise including walking, housework, gardening etc and medium to high intensity exercise including aerobic and resistance based exercises.
It is recommended that all adults (aged 19-64) should be doing at least 150 minutes of moderate level activity per week. This can be broken down into short timeframes. The activity should ideally be a mixture of low to medium intensity exercise including walking, housework, gardening etc and medium to high intensity exercise including aerobic and resistance based exercises.
However, the following guidelines for other age groups are:
- Children under the age of 5 should be doing 180 minutes activity per day (this can be moving around, running or jumping)
- Young people aged 5 - 18 should be doing 60 minutes activity per day (a mixture of moderate and vigorous intensity)
- Older adults aged 65 and over who are generally fit and have no health conditions should be doing 150 minutes moderate activity per week
For more information on healthy living for all age groups please visit the change4life website
Top tips to become more active:
- Walk instead of drive where possible
- Take the stairs rather than the lift
- Park further away from the shops and walk
- Increase the energy put into your housework
- Explore new activities to do as a family
- Have physical competitions with your children eg races, sit up competition
- Wash the car by hand yourself
- Do indoor activity when the weather is bad
- Avoid labour saving devices eg remote control, electric mixers
- Dance around while doing your chores
There are plenty more opportunities to get active with 3 of Stafford Borough Council's Leisure Centres.
Activities include: Gym sessions, Swimming, Badminton, Squash, Tennis and Astro Turf courts and many fitness classes including Pilates, Spin, Circuits, Zumba and many more.
Find out where to find these activities:-
For more information about what's going on in your area, contact The Healthy Staffordshire Hub on 0300 111 8006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org