Physical Well-being

Adults should participate in 150 minutes per week of physical activity

Regular exercise has been shown to improve your ability to regulate your immune system, which may be essential for avoiding the severe symptoms of COVID-19. Adults should be participating in 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity (raised heartbeat, sweating e.g. brisk walking). It has been scientifically proven that being physically active can dramatically improve an individual’s physical health. It lowers the risk of heart disease, strokes, cancer and of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 50%.

The NHS website has some fantastic advice and guidance for anyone aiming to improve their fitness.

visit their “Get Fit For Free” page.

There are many ways busy adults can build physical activity into their lives. Being physically active is easier than you think, especially if you make activity part of your daily routine. For most of us, daily chores, such as shopping or housework, don’t count towards your activity target. This is because your body doesn’t work hard enough to get your heart rate up.

Sport England have pulled together a selection of online exercise platforms with on demand fitness content who either provide free access or offer extended trials.

Visit the Sport England website.

Set a time for physical activity and stick to it. You’re more likely to find time to be active if you do it at the same time and on the same days each week. Split activity up throughout the day – you can achieve your target in bouts of 10 minutes or more. Try these 10-minute workouts. Walk your children to and from school. This will also help them develop a pattern of physical activity. Be active with your child. Take them to the swimming pool, or play in the garden or park. Get ideas on fun activities from Change4Life. Take up running – if you’re just starting out, try a Couch to 5K running plan. Exercise during your lunch break. Your office may have a gym, or you may have access to a nearby swimming pool or squash courts. Cycle or walk part, if not all, of your journey to work – or get off one bus or tube stop before your destination